Ring out glad bells (Maggie Furtak)

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  • (Posted 2014-12-15)  CPDL #33698:       
Editor: Maggie Furtak (submitted 2014-12-15).   Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 2.09 MB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Ring out glad bells
Composer: Maggie Furtak
Lyricist: Maggie Furtak

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 2014
Description: An easy to intermediate difficulty anthem with organ accompaniment (or piano in a pinch.) I've marked this as a "sacred anthem," but other than a passing reference to wandering wise men, the text is not overtly biblical. This could easily be used in a more secular holiday concert.

Occasionally the basses are asked to sing middle "C", but only when several parts are in unison. If that's a little high for your bass section, they can fade out discretely and leave that note to the other voices and the organ without anyone being the wiser.

There may be a tendency to rush the "ring out bells" sections, which will get you into trouble when you get to the sixteenth notes of the "hallelujah." I've left the accompaniment a bit spare in those sections so the organist can free up a hand from the keyboard to direct if necessary. Merry Christmas to all!

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Ring out glad bells, send your sound o'er fields and fells.

Roar all leopards! Sweetly sing, ye shepherds,
ring out bells!

Feast and ponder how the wise men wander,
the wise men ring out bells.

Priest and peasant feast on goose and pheasant.
Ring out glad bells.