Arr by Anna Laura Page . . . Easter Classic . . .
We like this piece because it plays like the title proclaims - it is direct, showy and powerful, beginning at ff -- yet is not a difficult piece to work up. The familiar melody is played through three times (with a strong coda), and each time is unique. The middle section uses high handchimes in the trebles, which adds nicely to the full effect. It is a bell feature or a concert piece and has lots of percussive techniques, echoes and an ending that will make the audience rise out of their seats.
Combines the hymns "Forest Green" and "Ellacombe"
There is a prominent handchime part in the middle that carries the melody (13 chimes between G5 and C7), and should be played.
• Keys of Ab and C Major, 4/4 time signature, marked "with excitement" 96-104 speed
• Quarter and 8th notes predominate, a few scattered dotted rhythms
• Special Techniques used: Marts, mart-lifts, vibrato and echoes
• Dynamics are mf to ff throughout; this is a piece of strength and power, and would be effective on Palm Sunday or Easter Day.
© 2000 Alfred Publishing
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