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  Series Title: Raleigh Ringer Series

Song Title Composer(s) Arranger(s) Octaves
  Barnum and Bailey's Favorite King, K. Moklebust, C. 4-7
Review: Bells enter the Big Top with this lively arrangement of Karl King's circus march that became Barnum and Bailey's favorite. The fun begins with an optional parade whistle intro, then proceeds through a technique-laced accompaniment and chromatic melody.
  Be Still My Soul Sibelius, Jean Guebert, Alex 4-7
Review: Advanced groups will revel in Alex Guebert's sophisticated and nuanced arrangement of Sibelius's master hymn FINLANDIA.
  Bugler's Holiday Anderson, Leroy Morris, Hart 5-7
Review: Leroy Anderson's lite orchestral classic was commissioned for bells by the Raleigh Ringers, and arranger Hart Morris has done it proud!
  Carillon Vierne, L. Gramann, F. 3-7
Review: Commissioned by the Raleigh Ringers in honor of their director, this transcription of Louis Vierne's original work captures the essence of a beckoning carillon.
  Carol of the Drum Czech Carol Melody Glasgow, Michael 3-6
Review: From the ever-creative pen of Michael J. Glasgow comes an arrangement of the Czech carol which inspired “The Little Drummer Boy.” Fresh harmonizations and new rhythms lead from exuberant joy to breathtaking tenderness, with optional snare drum and bass chimes.
  Carol of the Wise Men Gramann, F. 3-7
Review: This arrangenment of the Puerto Rican carol "De Tierra Lejana Venimos" was commissioned by the Raleigh Ringers. There are several layers to the music: challenging syncopations, lines and counter lines and flowing eighth-note accompaniment.
  Dorian Dance Joy, M. 3-6
Review: The dorian mode is like a pure minor scale with a raised 6th interval. This slight change from minor adds new color dimensions and is the basis for this festive dance.
  Escape Velocity Krug, Jason 5-8
Review: This original piece featuring unique musical effects was written by composer Jason Krug in honor of the NASA Space Shuttle program.
  Firebird Finale Stravinsky, I. Smith, D. 4-7
Review: Advanced ringers will enjoy this rendition of Igor Stravinsky's masterwork, written as part of the Raleigh Ringers Series. It combines 4-7 octaves of bells, 2 octaves of handchimes (optional) and 2 octaves of solo handbells (optional). The three instruments plus the incorporation of various techniques render rich colors and imaginative sound.
  First Noel English Carol Moklebust, Cathy 3-7
Review: The passionate writing of Cathy Moklebust comes through in this setting of the traditional carol, written for the Raleigh Ringers Series for advanced choirs.
  Flight of the Bumblebee Korsakoff-Rimsky, N. Thompson, Martha Lynn 4-5
Review: Your advanced handbell choir is going to love the challenge this arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakoff's classic affords!
  God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Traditional English Carol Pysh, Gregory M. 4-5
Review: The traditional English carol is set here with differing accompaniment figures--chordal, treble, ostinato, and moving bass line. Other special techniques and articulations are scored in both the melody and the accompaniment.
  Greensleeves Traditional Moklebust, C. 5-7
Review: The instrumentation for this addition to the Raleigh Ringers Series includes 5-7 octaves of handbells, 4 octaves of handchimes, finger cymbals, a chime/mark Tree and triangle. All these instruments are combined to produce a melancholy mood through flowing rhythms and colorful textures. After the beginning thirty-second notes (in slow rhythm), ringers may find this one of the more accessible of this series.
  Hungarian Dance No. 5 Brahms, Johannes Thompson, Martha Lynn 4-5
Review: Martha Lynn Thompson's setting of this classical work by Johannes Brahms is the newest addition to the Raleigh Ringers Series for advanced choirs.
  It Came Upon the Midnight Clear Willis, Richard S. Eithun, Sandra 4-7
Review: The Raleigh Ringers Series from Jeffers Handbell Supply is known for advanced handbell music that is innovative, exciting, and challenging, and this offering from Sandra Eithun continues that tradition.
  Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence Picardy Moklebust, Cathy 5-7
Review: The mysterious characteristics of the French folk tune "Picardy" are enhanced through haunting harmonies, mallets on suspended bells, optional chimes, random ringing, and contrasting free and strict tempos.
  Life's Journey Krug, Jason 4-7
Review: "Life's Journey" is a stunning original from the Raleigh Ringers Series for advanced ensembles. The rhythmic feel of the first and last sections is repeated many times, making it easier to play than the Level 5 marking would indicate.
  Little Fugue Bach, Johann Sebastian Kastner, Michael 5-7
Review: This transcription of JS Bach's "Fugue in G Minor" is a bell and chime lovers dream!
  Love Came Down at Christmas Holst, Gustav Moklebust, Cathy 3-7
Review: In this arrangement from the Raleigh Ringers series for advanced choirs, Cathy Moklebust uses the Irish tune GARTAN, combined with Gustav Holst's CRANHAM, to create an ethereal experience in her own inimitable style.
  O Holy Night Adam, Adolphe Eithun, Sandra 5-7
Review: This version is an ethereal and magical arrangement of the holiday favorite from master arranger Sandra Eithun.
  O Little Town of Bethlehem Redner, Lewis Moklebust, Cathy 3-7
Review: From the Raleigh Ringers Series for advanced ensembles comes this musically sophisticated, but very accessible, setting of the Christmas classic.
  Overture from the Barber of Seville Rossini, G. Thompson, M. L. 4-6
Review: Challenging, fun, a learning experience, a hefty concert piece and busy ringers are all words and phrases that describe this new transcription from Martha Lynn Thompson. Rossini's famous overture flies off the page with an allegro vivo tempo, melody in octaves, a variety of special techniques, chromatic movement, catchy rhythms and contrasting dynamics. The 201 measures goes by rather fast!
  Overture from the Nutcracker Tchaikovsky, P. McChesney, K. 3-6
Review: Symphonically set to imitate orchestra sound, this arrangement of Tchaikovsky's famous overture to the Nutcracker Suite should challenge and delight ringers. 3-4 oct. of optional handchimes adds to the magical ambiance, as does the well-placed staccato technique.
  Overture to the Marriage of Figaro Mozart, W. Thompson, M. L. 4-6
Review: Looking for a fun challenge? Then take a gander at this transcription of W. A. Mozart's opera overture "Le Nozze di Figaro". Martha Lynn Thompson has a history of well-crafted transciptions of classical works, and this is no exception.
  Pinnacle Payn, W. 5-7
Review: Master composer William A. Payn has penned another fascinating work, written for the tenth anniversary of the Raleigh Ringers. The piece begins in hard-driving, 7/8 meter. The texture builds and grows as it moves along and adds layers of sound punctuated by various special techniques. This is definitely a challenge for advanced choirs.
  Prelude in C# Minor Rachmaninoff, S. Smith, D. 5-7
Review: Rachmaninoff's Opus 3, No. 2 is the subject of this transcription written for the Raleigh Ringers. Chromatic changes and tempo shifts present the biggest challenge to the ringers in an otherwise tame rhythmic setting of only 61 measures. The texture is full with many chordal movements in eighth-note harmonic rhythm.
  Puer Natus Est Jergenson, Dale 5-7
Review: Ethereal mood, open textures, pulsating 7/8 meter and mixed major and minor tonality all contribute to original work written for the Raleigh Ringers. Handchimes add another dimension and seem to echo monk's voices in a quiet monastery from long ago.
  Quest Payn, William 5-7
Review: Rich in musical textures, this original features many of the masterful touches that we've come to expect form composer Dr. William Payn. For advanced and adventurous choirs only.
  Resilience Payn, William 5 or 7
Review: Dr. William Payn brings yet another masterwork to the Raleigh Ringers Series for advanced ensembles. This original, written as a gift to the community of State College, PA, contains all of the sophistication, musicality and artistry we have come to expect from one of our instrument's finest composers.
  Russian Sailors' Dance Gliere, R. Griffin, W. 4-7
Review: This addition to the Raleigh Ringer's Series is from "The Red Poppy" by Gliere. The texture is light, open and, of course, dance-like. Rhythms are straightforward but go by at a fast clip, so counting is the key.
  Savior of the Nations Come Traditional Eithun, Sandra 5-7
Review: This wonderful arrangement by Sandra Eithun continues the tradition of challenging, advanced music for which the Raleigh Ringers series has become known. This is a work of great sophistication and beauty that can be used for Advent, general worship, or concert.
  Tarantella Traditional Italian Folk Dance Thompson, Martha Lynn 3-6
Review: The tarantella is a traditional Italian folk dance, usually characterized by an upbeat tempo, written in 6/8 time, and accompanied by tambourines. Martha Lynn Thompson's lively arrangement features all three and is sure to be an engaging favorite for any concert.
  Tempest McChesney, K. 4-7
Review: The first section describes the coming of the storm. The irregular meter reflects the lightning and movement of the clouds as the storm grows and comes closer. The energy of nature, both terrifying and majestic, is portrayed with force and exuberance.
  Tumult and Tranquility Hopson, Hal 5-7
Review: This original work, commissioned by the Raleigh Ringers, is based on the Biblical story of Jesus calming the stormy sea.
  Twas In the Moon of Wintertime Brebeuf, Jean de Eithun, Sandra 4-7
Review: Sandra Eithun has done it again! This stunning and ethereal setting of the Huron Carol will take some work, but the result will be a stunning addition to any Christmas performance.