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Handbell Music - B-C

Published Handbell Music of Malcolm C Wilson

Title, Range, Level, Date of publication, Publisher, Code, Additional instruments.
Information about each title is included for use by a compère or use in printed concert notes.

All titles can be ordered direct from the publishers indicated or from your usual music supplier, or from Jeffers (www.handbellworld.com) in the USA, or Whitechapel Handbell Music Shop in the UK.

Behold a New Joy, 2-3 octaves, level 2, 2008, Composers Music Company, MCP7034, optional tambour/tambourine.
Based on the 17th century Scottish Renaissance carol Ecce Novum Gaudium, this selection may also be titled Celtic Rejoicing. The carol’s original text was in Latin, one of the four languages in common use in Scotland at that time, Scots, English, Gaelic and Latin. The verses of the carol describe the various joys of Christmas time.

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Click play below to see and hear a performance of Behold a New Joy / Ecce Novum Gaudium performed by Dunblane Cathedral Handbell Ringers in Dunblane Cathedral.

 

 

The Brig o' Blane Engagement, 3 octaves, level 2, 1995, Flagstaff, HB 160, optional drum/tambour
Massed ringing selection 3rd Scottish Handbell Festival 1991.  Selected for massed ringing at 17th Annual Spring Ring in Sacramento, CA, USA in 2000.
  The title is a word play on the respective birthplaces of one of my younger brothers and his wife and composed at the time of their engagement to be married.  My brother was born in Dunblane in the centre of Scotland (hence Blane, a Celtic missionary and later saint, who founded a hillside monastic community here in the year AD602 - dun meaning fortified hill).  My brother's wife was from Bridge of Don near Aberdeen in Scotland (hence brig o').  The piece is reminiscent of Scottish martial airs as both parts of Scotland were the scenes of many battles (engagements) over the centuries hence the drum and plucked grace note and swung notes which simulate the Scottish Highland bagpipe (an instrument which has a unique scale which is suggested by the use of unusual chordal shifts in the piece).

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Campana Jazz, 3 octaves and optional keyboard, drumkit or percussion, level 2, 2009, Flagstaff, FL HB 367. 

Campana Jazz stands alone as a piece as written but can also be extended by incorporating the suggestions for further improvisation. Three parts could optionally be performed by handbells 4-in-hand, or as belltrees. 

 

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Capriccio Campana, 3 octaves, level 4, 1993, National, HB-354. 
Composed for my wife - my favourite piece!

Click play below to listen to a recording of Capriccio Campana performed by The Bluebells of Tokyo, Japan directed by Eiko Kimura. 

 

 

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Child Born of Mary (Baloo Lammy),  2-3 octaves, level 2, 2009, AGEHR, code AG23035

Baloo Lammy is a 16th century traditional Scottish cradle song about the “blessed Bairn.” "Bairn" is Scots for Child.  “Baloo” is a gentle “hush!”. “Lammy” is a loving diminutive of “lamb.”  So “Baloo, Lammy” means “Hush, my Little Lamb.”

The full original title was "An Sang of the birth of Christ," from James, John and Robert Wedderburn's Ane Compendium Buik of Godly and Spirituall Sangis (1567)


"This day to you is born a child
of Mary meek, the Virgin mild.
That blessed bairn, so loving and kind
shall now rejoice both heart and mind.
Baloo Lammy."

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The Christ Child's Lullaby (Gaelic: "TALADH CHRISODA"),  2 octaves, level 3, and SATB choir, 1999, Flagstaff, HB 200 (director score) HB 201 (handbell score) HB 202 (SATB score), SATB choir
Traditional carol from Scotland's Outer Isles. The melody is a traditional Gaelic waulking song (a song sung by workers to keep the rhythm while making hand-woven tweed cloth) from the Scottish outer isles of the Outer Hebrides. The original Gaelic carol text was written by the Rev. Ranald Rankin in 1855 as a gift to the children of his congregation in Moidart to sing on Christmas Eve. This was soon heard in churches on the isles of Barra, South Uist and Eriskay, where it was collected by Marjorie Kennedy-Fraser and first published in her "Songs of the Hebrides" in the early 20th century. The words are:
"My Love, my joy, my darling, thou,
With riches full my heart is now,
My babe-son beautiful art thou,Unworthy I to tend to thee.Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
My Love, as hope and life art thou,
My love, as heart and eye art thou,
Though but a tender babe, I bow
In heav'nly rapture unto thee.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. Amen." 

Click play below to hear this version of Christ Child's Lullaby performed by The Choir of St Michael and All Angels directed by Karen Philips, and St Michael's Belles of Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels, Sandhurst, Berkshire. 

 

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The Christ Child's Lullaby (Gaelic: "TALADH CHRISODA"),  2-5 octaves, level 2, 2009, GIA, MGIG7430.
Traditional carol from Scotland's Outer Isles. The melody is a traditional Gaelic waulking song (a song sung by workers to keep the rhythm while making hand-woven tweed cloth) from the Scottish outer isles of the Outer Hebrides. The original Gaelic carol text was written by the Rev. Ranald Rankin in 1855 as a gift to the children of his congregation in Moidart to sing on Christmas Eve. This was soon heard in churches on the isles of Barra, South Uist and Eriskay, where it was collected by Marjorie Kennedy-Fraser and first published in her "Songs of the Hebrides" in the early 20th century. The words are:
"My Love, my joy, my darling, thou,
With riches full my heart is now,
My babe-son beautiful art thou,Unworthy I to tend to thee.Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
My Love, as hope and life art thou,
My love, as heart and eye art thou,
Though but a tender babe, I bow
In heav'nly rapture unto thee.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. Amen." 

This version is set in a simple, flowing style that reflects the austerity and the majesty of the newborn Christ Child. Both 2/3 and 3/5 octaves are available in one edition

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Click play below to see and hear this version of the Christ Child's Lullaby performed by Dunblane Cathedral Handbell Ringers

 

 

 

Christ's is the World in Which We Move, 2-3 octaves, level 2, 2000, Green Rose Press (alternative title A Touching Place)
Commissioned for the Ringers of Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, Atlanta, Georgia.   Based on the traditional Scottish melody Dream Angus (as used for the modern hymn by John Bell and Graham Maule of the Iona Community).  'Dream Angus' is a Scottish version of the sandman in folklore, going around helping children to sleep.  The lyrics of the chorus are:
"Dreams to sell, fine dreams to sell
Angus is here wi' dreams to sell
Hush ye my bairnie and sleep without fear
Dream Angus has brought you a dream my dear"

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