This delightfully rhythmic original composition is very flexible. It may be played as a double-choir piece (for handbell and handchime choirs) or by handbell choir alone. The up-tempo meter alternates between 4/4 and 6/8, and the handbell part includes the use of mallets, ring touch, martellato and martellato lift. A restful, lyrical middle section follows, using a new melody that begins softly, then blossoms into a rich and glorious sound. The piece concludes in its original up-beat, rhythmic style. "Te Deum Laudamus" is translated as "We Praise Thee, O God", making this piece suitable throughout the church year, as well as festival or concert use.
Voicing: 3, 4 or 5 octave handbell choir with optional 3, 4 or 5 octave handchime choir, triangle, chime tree, tambourine and suspended cymbal
Composer: Cathy Moklebust