Arr by Anna Laura Page . . . Welsh Folk Song . . .
This is a highly charged arrangement of the folk song (one that has sacred lyrics also) that zips right along with only one major chordal pause -- and one that needs an important flute accompaniment for a proper performance -- and all of this is at Level 1+, which is the most amazing thing about it! It is a theme with many variations, progressively getting more interesting and varied as various handbell techniques are added and as the flute part becomes longer and more flowing -- the flutist needs to be a good high school or college level player to make it work. A minor percussion part for finger cymbals/tambouring is also indicated, but is not really important to the final product.
It is a terrific performance piece for a first-year choir or a Level 2 choir or a youth choir, one with good visual appeal for an audience. One variation adds echoes, another adds shakes and TDs with the echoes -- and then more swings, more shakes, and a final shaken martlift ending on a ff chord.
It is exciting to play, and keeps all parts on their toes (although the bass never has the melody, it is active throughout). This is a piece for a secular concert, or for a service feature as an offortory or as part of a concert presentation. Highly recommended as challenging Level 1 music by Handbell Services.
• Key of G Major, 3/4 time signature, marked "with energy" 92-100 speed
• All quarter and half and dotted half notes; there are no accidentals
• Lots of special techniques: martlifts, echoes, some TDs
• Dynamics are mezzo to forte and ff throughout -- this is not quiet and shy stuff!
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