This beloved, hauntingly beautiful piece is published in two compatible and accessible editions for handbells or handchimes. The piece contains solid block chords with few accidentals and makes use of easy bell techniques, such as LV, shake, and vibrato. It teaches dynamic contrasts, various simple tempo changes, and is a good piece to introduce voice-leading lines through balancing the melody against the continuous quarter-note pattern of the accompaniment.
Voicing: 3, 4, or 5 octaves handbells or handchimes
Composer/Arranger: Franz Schubert; Sharon Elery Rogers
Using only legato ringing on handbells or handchimes, this flowing setting of Silent Night, Holy Night portrays the profound awe of Christ's birth. Set in the key of Bb, it can be used to introduce or...