Arr by Linda Lamb . . . Hymn Tune . . .
This is an arrangement with a comforting spirit that follows the words of the original chorale hymn closely (Jesu, Meine Freude), with its dynamics and with its general texture. It is written for handbells and for a very prominent flute part, which is necessary for a proper performance -- and it will take a decent flutist of good high-school or college calibre to do it well.
The minor hymn, normally done with three verses, is played three times through here -- the first time opens with a soft singing bell/flute section in a gentle 4/4-6/4 mixed meter, moves into the second verse with a little more agitation (and a really good bass/midbell handchime melodic section), and finally goes into the strong third verse (of peace and settlement) with forte chords and a fiery ff flute part. The music then roars into a a large final few measures of fff chords and notes.
The music is that of Lent, asking for trust and guidance from a comforting spirit -- but can be used at any other time of the church calendar. The arrangement is a basic Level 3 for handbells, with a few challenging accidentals and a touch of challenging counting. The handchime section (which is necessary) uses 3 octaves of chimes from D4 up to Bb5.
• Keys of G Minor and A Minor, 4/4 and 6/4 time signatures, marked "mysteriously, slowly" 80 speed
• Quarter and 8th notes throughout, with a few syncopations; there are a bunch of accidentals in spots, and some that will need careful work
• Singing bell at the opening and a few measures of echo are the only special techniques
• Dynamics expand from soft to loud to ff, with moments of phrasing available
© 2012 Concordia Publishing
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