New Christmas release: “Bell Carol” for SSSAA choir

My new piece, Bell Carol is now available for download and performance from this website.

The work is set for SSSAA, with optional tambourine or sleigh bells. A piano reduction is provided on the score for easy rehearsals.

Duration is approximately 2-3 minutes, and the level of difficulty / rehearsal allocation time is low to moderate.

The piece contains an optional small semichorus at the end, and a small soprano 1 solo, also optional. Both lines can be sung by full choral sections, depending on the choir.

I have attempted to imbue Bell Carol with a sense of bells chiming rhythmically throughout, representing the chiming of Church bells on Christmas morning.

This builds with greater and greater urgency, until a sudden halt near the conclusion, as the visitor is drawn inside the building, and welcomed by an ethereal solo voice rising in beauty to the words, “I heard the bells on Christmas Day”.

I hope you all enjoy the piece.

Bell Carol is released under Creative Commons license 3.0 BY-NC-ND.

[Click for Bell Carol mp3]
[Click for Bell Carol PDF score]

Bell Carol

Ding! Dong! Ding! Dong!
Sing! Sing Christmas today! Sing Christmas today!
Sing a song of joy! Ring a song of joy!
Ding dong!

Ding! Dong! Ding! Dong!
Sing! And be of good cheer! For Christmas is here!
Sing a song of peace! Ring a song of peace!
Ding dong!

Ding ding dong, ding ding dong
Ding-a-ling-a ding ding dong!
Ding ding dong, ding ding dong
Ding-a-ling-a ding ding dong!
Ring!
Ding dong! Ding dong ding dong ding dong!
Ding dong! Ding dong ding dong ding dong!
Ding dong! Ding dong ding dong ding dong!

Merry merry merry Christmas!
Merry merry merry Christmas!
Ding-a-ling-a ling-a ding dong!
Bells ring out! Bells ring out!

Hear bells chime, sing in time, joy sublime
Christmas is here!
Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!
Everyone sing
Merry merry merry Christmas!
Merry merry merry Christmas!
Ding-a-ling-a ling-a ding dong!

Bells ring out! Bells ring out!
Bells ring out! Bells ring out!
Bells! Bells! Bells! Bells!
Merry! Merry! Christmas! Christmas!
Merry Christmas!

I heard the bells on Christmas Day…
Ahhh…

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New Christmas work: “Bell carol” for SSSAA choir

I’ve just about finished my latest piece. It’s a short Christmas piece, set for SSSAA choir, with optional tamborine / sleigh bell accompaniment.

It’s called “Bell Carol”, and I thought you might like a sneak preview and a listen of a sample MIDI. The score will be available on this website sometime next week, provided I get the lyrics sorted out!

[Bell Carol – MIDI]

The piece ends with a nice little solo, and should be a good fun, energetic sing.

“Where is the moon?” score now available for download

The SSAA score of my latest work, Where Is The Moon?, is now available for download, in both US letter and A4 format.

Just click on the “Download music” link at the top of the page, and you’ll find the score under the “Moon Songs” section.

“Where Is The Moon?” is available for mezzo-soprano solo / semichorus, SAA and easy piano.

Duration is 2-3 minutes, with a low level of difficulty for both choir and pianist.

The piece ideally suits a smaller ensemble or chamber choir, and would also work well for younger voices. The text is original.

The solo line would suit a soloist from the choir ranks, or a small group of mixed voices from second soprano and first alto. The piece has been written with flexibility in mind.

“Where is the moon?” was written about the prosaic topic of being unable to sleep one night. I was gazing out of my bedroom window – which is directly above my bed – and watching the moon as it flickered back and forth behind the racing clouds.

Interspersed with images of the moon in the text are mythological references to the moon as female, and bringer of dreams and sleep.

“Where is the Moon?” is the third “moon song” I have written for choir.

Score issues:

US letter and A4 PDF prints are provided, for convenience of choirs on both sides of the Altantic.

In both instances, the piano line has issues with printed arpeggio markings in the chorus (rehearsal marks B => C). This is a noted Sibelius print issue (bug!), and unavoidable. My apologies.

For the curious: The work is dedidated to two close friends of mine (also my children’s godparents), and our many wonderful hours spent watching Doctor Who together 😉 Oh, the good old days!

The score is available at the Choral Public Domain Library, and also here at this website, on the “Downloads” page. Just click on the preferred PDF option (US letter or A4) according to your printer’s requirements.

Copyright

The piece is copyright under Creative Commons 3.0-BY-NC-SA – attribution, non-commercial, no derivatives.

In other words, if you’re an ordinary choir wanting to perform the piece in a non-commercial way (e.g. for a local concert or whatever), go right ahead. Print as many copies as you need, freely. There are no performance costs, and you can share the work with everyone.

(But if you’re Big MegaProfiteer Corporation or WeWorshipMoney Inc., you’d better come talk to my lawyer, right!)

Happy singing – I hope you enjoy the piece.