With orchestral strength and tonal variety, four of the most often-heard Easter hymn tunes combine in a glorious outpouring of praise for Easter morning. Liberal use of shakes, martellato lifts, thumb damps, and mallets add to the excitement.
When my editor at Lorenz asked me to write a Patriotic piece, I was stumped a bit. I didn’t quite know how to approach the task, as I am not a big fan of Patriotic music in church. I remembered hearing “I Vow To Thee, My Country” with the tune from Holst’s “The Planets”(THAXTED) and I knew it was perfect. …
This is a very special arrangement to me, as “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands” was my grandfather’s favorite hymn. I remember how he used to sing it to me when I was very young.
I wrote this when I was in Carillon at The University of Southern Mississippi. For over 20 years, Carillon set the standard for collegiate handbell ensembles around the world. Holy, Holy, Holy is complex, utilizing mixed meters, asymetrical meters, clusters, and extended harmonies.