4-5 Octave Handbell Ensemble / L2+
PDF Sheet Music: fz Ensemble License
This uplifting setting of Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow! (Lasst uns erfreuen), by Daniel M. Reck, is based upon traditional progressions and harmony so that your congregation can join in singing the hymn.
For five octave ensembles, the piece fades in with an obbligato pattern played with mallets on suspended bells in the top octave before a bold statement of the melody marks the introduction to the hymn. Four octave choirs begin in the second measure, omitting the suspended mallet effect.
The introduction concludes with a fermata, ready to welcome the congregation in singing the hymn, for which the words appear in the score so that daring handbell ensembles can sing while ringing. Breath marks appear in the score to help the ensemble properly phrase the work as an organist would.
Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow! only uses simple suspended mallet techniques and does not require any advanced performance techniques.
"For Bell Sunday, February 6, 2000, at Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church, Greencastle, Indiana."
- 4-5 octaves handbells
AGEHR Level 2+