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
CGA1232 Joy to the World (Choral Score)
CGB703 Joy to the World (Full Score)
CGB704 Joy to the World (Handbell Score)
CGB705 Joy to the World (Organ Score)