Performance Video

Colors of the Wind 

composed by Menken, A./Schwartz, S.

arranged by McKlveen, P. & S.

“Colors of the Wind” is a song written by lyricist Stephen Schwartz and composer Alan Menken for Walt Disney Pictures’ 33rd animated feature film Pocahontas (1995). The film’s theme song , “Colors of the Wind” was originally recorded by American singer and actress Judy Kuhn in her role as the singing voice of Pocahontas.

Let’s taste different tone colors in the music, enjoy!


Sing Hallelujah

arranged by Ko Kevin Mazimas; AIH
The music starts with a short lyrical melody, following with a lively part. Different handbell techniques are shown in this piece, with contrasting dynamics. 

ESPANA

composed by Frances L.Callahan

This lively Spanish dance is rhythmically easy but the tempo is marked 152 (Vivace!) for the quarter note. 


Take Five

composed by Paul Desmond

Take Five is written in the key of E-flat minor, it is known for its distinctive two-chord piano vamp; catchy blues-scale saxophone melody; inventive, jolting drum solo; and the use of unusual quintuple 5/4 time, from which its name is derived.


Prologue and rhythmic dance

composed by Moklebust, Cathy

The Prologue begins with a simple melody accompanied by wind chimes, and the singing bell technique. The dance follows in a light and lively 7/8 meter, using triangle, bongos and tambourine to accentuate the rhythmic patterns.  The shimmering treble melody is accompanied by a malleted bass eighth note pattern; then later, the bass bells play the fully harmonized melody under a light treble ostinato.  The music fades away with the treble melody, light malleted bass and singing bell technique.


Down by the Riverside

arranged by Waldrop, Tammy

This jazzy arrangement of the old gospel hymn includes a cameo appearance of “I’ve Got Peace Like a River” in the middle section. Accidentals have been carefully scored for smooth bell changes. Happy and full of bounce, this selection is a good choice for concert, worship, or revival event.


Gershwin

composed by Gershwin

arranged by Douglas E. Wagner 

“Gershwin” is medley contains four songs. “Rhapsody in Blue” is a famous 1924 musical composition, which combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects. ” I Got Rhythm’s” chord progression, known as the “rhythm change”, is the foundation for many other popular jazz tunes. “Embraceable You” is a popular song, it was originally written in 1928 for an unpublished operetta named East is West. It was eventually published in 1930 and included in the Broadway musical “Girl Crazy”. “Strike Up the Band” is a musical with a book by Morrie Ryskind, the story satirizes America’s taste for war: America declares war on Switzerland over a trivial trade issue.


A Jubilant Rondo

composed by Cynthia Dobrinski

This engaging composition features a jaunty theme and constant energy throughout. Written in 4/4 meter, the use of dotted rhythms contributes to the piece’s bouncy, joyful quality. Handbell techniques abound, but there are very few required bell changes.


When You Wish upon a Star

“When You Wish upon a Star” is a song written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for Walt Disney’s 1940 adaptation of Pinocchio, it is heard over the opening credits and in the final scene of the film. The song has since become the representative song of The Walt Disney Company.

This song is beautifully presented by the handchime team and A cappella. Hope you enjoy the music with us.


The Nutcracker

composed by Peter I. Tchaikovsky

arranged by Kevin McChesney

“The Nutcracker” is medley contains four songs. “The Dance of the Reed Flutes” is one of the eight original pieces in Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1892 “Nutcracker Suite”. It is usually danced by a small group of women, or by a trio of two women and one man.“Dance of the Sugarplum fairies” is an elegant piece, the lyrical melodies match well with the sixteen notes in bass bells part. “Chinese Dance” is rhythmically and technically challenging, excellent to demonstrate ringing techniques. “Trepak” is a Russian dance from the “Nutcracker”, it shows contrasting articulations and dymanics.


Sabre Dance

composed by Khachaturian, A.

arranged by Baker, C.

The “Sabre Dance” is a movement the final act of the ballet Gayane , written by Aram Khachaturian and completed in 1942. Due to its exceptionally exciting rhythm, the “Sabre Dance” established a place for itself in common concert practice, leading also to various adaptations in popular music. Its recognizable ostinato and popular melodies have made it a popular concert band piece.

This famous work is here arranged for handbells by Martha Lynn Thompson, the master of transcribing other genres of music for the bell instrument. What you’ll need: mallets, a metronome that goes to Presto – quarter = 144, a working knowledge of 16th note rhythms, and a seat belt (just kidding).


Danza

composed by J. Wayne Kerr

“Danza” a piece with much movement. Various techniques are required (e.g. Martellato, mallet with Handbell On table, let vibrate etc.) and it builds to a big ending. Lots of tempo changes must be noted. Even though it is fairly short (31 measures), this title keeps all ringers busy.


The 7th Handbell Festival Competition

When We All Get to Heaven

composed by Waldrop. T

“When We All Get to Heaven” is a lively, fun-filled setting of the familiar gospel hymn for handbell choir. The use of articulations gives the piece its lively character, and it is critical that all articulations are executed with great care and precision. It incorporates the hymn “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand” and offers a delightful choice for church and festival.

Sherekea Usafari

composed by Moklebust. C

“Sherekea usafari” means celebrate the journey in the Swahili language. The upbeat and rhythmic African flavor of this original composition will delight both ringers and listeners.

The percussion instruments needed are djembe, 2 smaller African drums, shekere, and an African bell. However, congas, bongos, maracas, and cowbell may be substituted if necessary. Techniques included are malleted bells on the table, mallet lift, martellato, martellato lift, and shaking.


You are my All in All

composed by Jernigan, D.

arranged by Cota, P.

In this lovely setting from Patricia Cota, the melody of Dennis Jernigan’s “You Are My All in All” gently floats abotve the pulsing broken chords of the bass. In Verse two, care should be taken to bring out the melody, which moves to the middle range. The final verse calls for full strong ringing exuding praise to the Lord. 

This was a mass ring performance in the Hong Kong Institution of Education Handbell Alumni Ensemble annuel concert. Little ringers of S.K.H Tin Wan Chi Nam Primary School enjoyed to play handbell with adult ringers and college students, it was a good experience.


With All My Heart

composed by Wissinger. K

This inspiring original work was written in honor of Fran Vaughan. Kathleen Wissinger had Mark 12:33 of the Bible in mind when she composed this piece. This gentle and sweet piece describes the generous love between humen and Jesus.

“To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” (Mark 12:33)


Gollwogg’s Cake Walk

composed by Debussy. C

This is a ragtime piece with its syncopations and banjo-like effects. The dynamic range is quite large and very effective. The B section of this dance is interrupted on several occasions by the love-death leitmotif of Richard Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde, marked with great feeling. Each quotation is followed with banjo imitations. The cakewalk was a dance or a strut and the dancer with the most elaborate steps won a cake.

This is a challenging piece for handchimes, because it couldn’t show as much techniques as handbells, and the dynamic range of handchimes is not wide enough. However, the senior team did well in the tempo control, and showed contrasting articulations. This fulfilled the restrictions of handchimes.


Plink Plank Plunk

composed by Anderson. L

This is a lively handbell piece, the articulation is mostly staccato. The handchime team has used handchimes to perform the piece, it is not easy to use handchime to present the articulations and musical elements in Plink Plank Plunk. Ringers used handchime technique “thumb damp to subsititute the handbell techniques with “mallets”. 

This was the first public performance of the handchime team in our school’s 10th Anniversary concert, little ringers were exciting in the performance, and we received good feedbacks from the audience. 

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