Arr by Peggy Bettcher . . . Praise Hymntune . . .
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This is a striking arrangement of the powerful praise song -- it incorporates the "singing bell" and "suspended bell" techniques and the hymn tune Nicaea (Holy, Holy, Holy) as both an introduction and as coda ending -- and in the middle performs Revelation with growing dynamic power and full chords, and reflects the fervor of the original.
A Level 3 choir has to play this -- with syncopations and dotted 8th/16ths throughout the middle, it's just too hard for Level 2 -- but it never goes into Level 4 at all, and the wonderful juxtaposition of the praise song and the traditional song make it perfect for a blended worship service. There is a lot of visual appeal in this arrangement for the audience.
This is one of the best praise song arrangements we've seen, and we think it should be a staple in any Level 3 library -- we see it used as a concert piece or as a service piece, and can vision it with added percussion in performance. The music will be stronger and deeper with use of the 4th and 5th octaves of bells if you have them.
• Key of C Major, 4/4 time signature, marked "freely" 60 speed to start
• Uses quarter and 8ths, with syncopations and dotted 8th/16ths and 16ths in spots; there are occasional accidentals in Revelation
• Singing bells at the outset, suspended malleted bells in spots and at the end are the special techniques
• Dynamics are soft at beginning and end, rising to f and ff at the beginning
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