Hooray! I am so excited to share this with y'all today!
As you know by now, SD and I have been directing a beginning handbell choir at church these past two months. We've been working on a few reading pieces but we've also enjoyed doing some improvising (read more here) and teaching a few things by rote. SD wrote this acclamation for our bell choir to play in worship last week. I thought it was too good not to share and he was gracious enough to let me give it to you as a free printable! Click here to see the score.
The piece is designed for a smaller group (16 bells) and is simple enough to teach without notation. Each player has a rhythm pattern that is repeated throughout. The piece is gradually built from the bottom, with two parts entering at a time.
Since we had been practicing rhythmic reading in our rehearsals, I wrote out index cards for each player with their rhythmic pattern and bell position to help them keep track of their own part.
This piece works really well as an introit - something short but joyful to begin worship. It was well-suited for the third Sunday in Advent but it really could be used any time of the year!
Free Printable - Glorioso for Handbell Choir
See more music for small handbell choirs here. Enjoy, and happy ringing!
P.S. I'd love to hear from you if you end up using this with your bell choir. Please leave a comment below or email me and let me know how it goes!