Mark Arnold - Brass and Bronze Music
Mark Arnold - Brass and Bronze Music

Handbell Choir

Chatter With the Angels

Choristers Guild

3-5 Octaves

Chatter With the Angels is a lively setting of the traditional spiritual, featuring mallet clicks, marts, and a short "swing" section.  Originally written for the FBC Keller PraisRingers,  this piece will engage ringers of all ages.


He is Born

Choristers Guild

3-5 Octaves

A joyful fanfare announces the Savior's birth in this delightful setting of the French tune IL EST NE.  Ringers and listeners will enjoy the shakes, malleted rhythms, and varied techniques that give new flavor to the traditional carol melody. 


Somebody's Knocking at Your Door

Alfred Handbells

3-6 Octaves

A laid-back bass groove and mallet hits/clicks drive this exciting arrangement of the traditional spiritual "Somebody's Knocking at Your Door."    Ringers will enjoy the opportunity to be part of the “rhythm section” as the persistent knocking continues, with shakes and echo effects adding to the fun.  It will delight your audiences and is appropriate for concert, worship, festival, and school occasions all year long.  


Stand Up For Jesus!

Red River Music

3-6 Octaves

Mallets - on bells, on tables, on themselves! - feature heavily in this arrangement of the classic hymn. The result gives an almost “marching band” feel to the performance, making it as enjoyable to ring as it is to hear. This is a sure winner that will be accessible to almost any choir!


Trumpet Tune

Brass & Bronze Music (available through SheetMusic Plus)

3-5 Octaves

Here is Purcell's classic Trumpet Tune, arranged for intermediate handbell choir.  It would be a great opening piece for your concert or service when you want a quick fanfare, or as a filler in a program of other bell music.  Great for teaching dotted-eighth / sixteenth rhythms and baroque style, and even has a few trills for your high bell players! Playable by 3 octave choirs, but scored for up to 5 octaves with optional d8. 


The Wise and Foolish Builders

Choristers Guild

3-5 Octaves

You can hear the hammers pound as the wise man and the foolish man build their houses, then feel the battering storm and experience the crash as the house on the sand meets its inevitable fall!  This arrangement of the beloved childrens' song illustrates the story using mallet clicks and a stormy 3/4 section, with the optional percussion adding to the fun. 


Handbell Solo

Beautiful Savior (Fairest Lord Jesus)

Brass & Bronze Music (available through SheetMusic Plus)

Handbell Solo

This accessible arrangement of the favorite hymn tune sets up beginning handbell soloists for success!  With a limited number of bells, the soloist plays the melody and a short counter-melody, while the piano supports the solo and provides harmonic interest.  Both solo and piano are within the abilities of young and "less experienced" players.


Somebody's Knocking at Your Door

Alfred Handbells

Handbell solo, optional percussion and Cymbells/bell tree

Maintaining the form and the laid-back bass groove of the full choir arrangement, soloists can now share this great spiritual.  The solo carries both the melody and a malleted countermelody, which can be played on bell tree or Cymbells. 

Handbell Duet / Quartet / Ensemble

Devil's Dream

Brass & Bronze Music (available through SheetMusic Plus)

This fiddle tune is from the New England area of the United States, but has its origins in British folk music.  Arranged for 8 bells, it's playable by two players (playing 4-in-hand) or by four players. The faster, the better, so buckle up for this one!

Hyfrydol (Alleluia! Sing to Jesus / Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus)

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12 bell Handbell Ensemble 

HYFRYDOL is a well-loved Welsh hymn tune, with no fewer than 90 texts in at least 7 languages set to this flowing melody.  Common English language texts are “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus”, “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” and “Jesus! what a Friend for sinners!” for general use, “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” for Advent, and “I Will Sing of My Redeemer” for the Easter season.  This 12+ bell arrangement can be played by as few as three players, but was intended for six young ringers as an introduction to handbell ensembles.  Bells used range from Bb4 to F6 with optional G6 and Bb6.; suggested assignments for 3, 4, or 6 ringers are included. 

Brass Quintet

Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni, arr. Mark Arnold
Brass & Bronze Music (available through SheetMusic Plus)
From the mid-to-late baroque, Giuseppe Pitoni's setting of the opening verses of Psalm 149 was originally a choral motet for mixed voices.  In this arrangement for brass quintet, the original part writing has been preserved, with some added doubling, while the key has been changed to better suit the range of the brasses. 

Mark Arnold
Brass & Bronze Music (available through SheetMusic Plus)
Elegy for Brass is a short, lyrical work for brass quintet in a mildly dissonant contrapuntal style.  Usable for concert or worship settings, it provides a nice contrast and would be a great "filler" piece for a quintet performance.

Horn Quartet

Jesus Loves Me

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This arrangement of the beloved children's hymn will delight your audiences or enhance your church's worship service.  Playable by a student group, but interesting enough for experienced players, with the melody passed around as the song flows through several keys. 

Ride On, King Jesus!

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Ride on, King Jesus is a traditional african-american spiritual, suitable for concert or 
church performance.   Particularly appropriate for Palm Sunday and Jesus's Triumphal Entry, it can also be used referring to the text of Psalm 45:4:
"In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth, humility and justice; 
let your right hand achieve awesome deeds."

This arrangement allows all the quartet members a chance to shine, with independent parts and quick changes between melody and harmony. 

Telemann Concerto #2 for 4 Horns

Telemann Concerto #2 for 4 Horns (1st Movement)

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Originally for four violins, this unaccompanied concerto  is a delightful baroque gem!  The opening movement is in a style similar to a french overture,  with a majestic opening followed by an allegro contrapuntal section.   The second movement is slow, with cascading movement and  chains of suspensions in a haunting minor, then the final Allegro brings the piece to a rousing conclusion.  

All parts are of similar range and difficulty, and are written in treble clef.  The first movement is available separately for quartets that may not need as extensive literature.

Trumpet Trio

Easter Fanfare - Christ the Lord is Risen Today!

Brass & Bronze Music (available through SheetMusic Plus)

This short fanfare will provide a joyful opening for your Easter Sunday services.  Based on "Christ the Lord is Risen Today," this arrangement is well within the abilities of high school trumpeters or rusty adults, and can easily be expanded by doubling parts. 

Be Thou My Vision

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This arrangement of the Irish hymn tune "Slane" will allow your trumpets to show their lyrical side! Most commonly associated with the text "Be Thou My Vision," it is also used with texts 

"Lord of all Hopefulness" and "God of Creation, All Powerful".   After a brief introduction, the tune is stated simply, then builds to a more robust verse with the 3rd part carrying the melody.  
The final verse adds a rhythmic variation in 4/4 time, then concludes with a powerful finish.   Alternate part included for F Horn to substitute for 3rd Trumpet.


Trumpet Quartet

Telemann Concerto #2 for 4 Trumpets

Brass & Bronze Music (available through SheetMusic Plus)

Originally written for four violins, this baroque gem is now available for trumpet quartet! All four parts are of similar difficulty and each player has the opportunity to "show off" a little as the piece plays out. Within the abilities of good high school trumpeters, but interesting and challenging enough for college and professional quartets.  

First movement available as a separate download if you just want to play that movement