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

Handbells

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.


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.  


Trumpet Tune

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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. 


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. 

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. 

Trumpet Trio

Easter Fanfare - Christ the Lord is Risen Today!

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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.