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Bells, bells, bells

Hi All,
I am planning a holiday concert based on a "bell" theme.  I am looking for good arrangements of any holiday tunes which have a bell reference either in the title or just as part of the song.  I would love a good variety of sacred, secular, humourous, beautiful, etc.  I have quite a list compiled already, but would like any thoughts anyone has.  This is for a group of about 30 adults who can handle medium to advanced difficulty music.  Any ideas are greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
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on April 29, 2012 1:03pm
Here's a ChoralNet resource on this topic. Here's another.
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on April 29, 2012 2:16pm
Hi Phyllis,
You may wish to consider my SATB setting of the Walt Whitman poem, "To a Locomotive in Winter," which includes the lines:  "By day, thy warning, ringing bell to sound its notes, By night, thy silent signal lamps to swing."  A perusal pdf and performance mp3 is available in the ChoralNet Composition Showcase (  A YouTube video of a London, UK, performance is on my website:
    best, Greg
on April 29, 2012 4:16pm
Hi Phyllis!
Take care!
on April 29, 2012 5:11pm
Gwyneth Walker, Ring Out, Wild Bells. I love it!!!!
on April 30, 2012 4:44am
Christmas Bells, by M. Susan Brown
youtube performance listed under Longfellow Chorus
on April 30, 2012 6:27am
If it's still available, Emma Lou Diemer's •The Bells• (on part one of the Poe poem) for SATB & piano 1 x 4 (Boosey) works wonderfully.

Hope this helps,
Robert A. M. Ross

on April 30, 2012 6:49am
Phyllis, I have an arrangement of The Holly and the Ivy which incorporates handbells.  Do you have ringers?  Bill Sherrill 
on April 30, 2012 7:43pm
you might also look at Ahrold's setting of "The Bells" (another setting of Poe's poem) Fast and frenzied.  Seems like it might be a CPP Belwin but sketchy on the details, sorry.
on May 7, 2012 7:56pm
This is an EXCELLENT setting.  I've conducted this several times and the singers always enjoy it. 
on April 30, 2012 7:59pm
Hi Phyllis,
I've got an arrangement of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" accompanied by handbells and oboe.  It's published by Colla Voce Music, octavo # 37-21019.  You can hear an audio sample at
Good luck with your search - sounds like a fun one.
All best,
Carol Barnett
on May 1, 2012 6:26am
If you have enough voices to make two SATB choirs, how about Ring Out, Wild Bells by Johnathan Dove?  (The poem refers to ringing in the New Year, but then that IS included as part of the holidays, right?)  You'll also need a good pianist for this one, but it's worth the effort for everyone.
on May 2, 2012 5:09am
One of my favorites is  Sing for Peace by  Jim Papoulis & Francisco Nunez
on May 3, 2012 6:56am
Oh, DO check out Edie Hill's setting of Edgar Allen Poe's poem - it's such a treat!
on May 3, 2012 6:56am
Hi Phyllis,
Here's my entry:
The Ecchoing Green 2'30
Exuberant Carol/glee with rhythmic high energy; opening bell tones in all voices, sleepy-bye ending. Subject: Children's play, then off to bed.
Lyrics: (first verse)
Bells! Ring! Bells! Ring! (etc.)
The Sun does arise,
And make happy the skies.
The merry bells ring
To welcome the Spring.
The sky-lark and thrush,
The birds of the bush,
Sing louder around,
To the bells chearful sound.
While our sports shall be seen
On the Ecchoing Green.
Score and sound file here:
under SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND OF EXPERIENCE section on the page
Contact me off-list if you are interested in it.
David Avshalomov
Composer, Singer, Conductor
Santa Monica CA
310-480-9525 cell
on May 3, 2012 10:56amäut_zu_Speyer_(Ludwig_Senfl)
Here is a prime example of a unique genre.
Free download. Needs strong mens section.
on May 4, 2012 7:05amäut_zu_Speyer_(Ludwig_Senfl)
Here is a prime example of a unique genre.
Free download. Needs strong mens section.
on May 5, 2012 8:28pm
I have a short setting of "The Bells" (Poe's poem) as well, published by BriLee.  There is a mixed as well as treble version.    
on May 6, 2012 6:35pm
"Ding Dong Merrily on High, In Heav'n the Bells are Ringing "
Most carol book have this wonderful and straightforward carol.
on May 6, 2012 10:57pm
Hi Phyllis,

what about

Scan of the YouTube recording: "Pa se sliš" arr. Karol Pahor

University of Utah Singers / Dr. Brady Allred, conductor

(Source: YouTube)

Slovenian folksong, arranged by Karol Pahor (1896–1974)
You Can Hear / Pa se sliš
Text: You can hear, from Saint Vid, bells' sweet boom.
Version 1: Mixed: SA / TTBB    PDF Slovene / PDF English    YouTube  
Version 1: Men's: TB / TTBB     PDF Slovene / PDF English    YouTube  
Version 3: Treble: SA / SSAA   PDF Slovene / PDF English  
ASTRUM Music Publications & Distribution
Vito Primozic [Mr.], Director of Music Publications
on May 7, 2012 7:34am
I love "I heard the Bells on Christmas Day", words by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  He wrote the poem during the Civil War although, today, the verses that reference the the war are usually omitted.  
Jessica Bowen
AMSA Charter School
Marlborough, MA
on May 7, 2012 11:18am
Hi Phyllis:
I have a setting of Tennyson's Ring Out Wild Bells for SATB and piano that might be a very good fit your ensemble.  If you would like for me to send you a score for inspection just let me know.
Bob Applebaum
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