This exciting arrangement may stand alone as a piece for handbells only, or it may be enhanced with optional organ, brass, timpani, choir and/or congregation. A fanfare introduction leads into a joyous opening stanza, followed by a lighter second stanza featuring rhythmic, malleted bass bells and a playful upper treble line. The third stanza uses LVs to create a more legato sound, then an interlude precedes the final stanza, which includes a treble-bell descant. There are no bell changes in this festive addition to the Christmas repertoire.
Voicing: 3, 4 or 5 octaves handbells with optional organ, brass quintet, timpani, SATB choir and congregation
Composer: G. F. Handel, 1685-1759
Arranger: Cathy and David Moklebust