This Sunday, Trinity’s Handbell choir will offer a musical offering for the prelude to the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist.. Three songs were selected for their relevance to Eastertide, as well as for the techniques used by the ringers.
CROWN HIM WITH MANY CROWNS arranged by David Angerman
LET ALL THINGS NOW LIVING arranged by Sandra Eithun
ABIDE WITH ME arranged by Valerie Stephenson
Watch and listen how these different techniques produce their own unique tones. “Thumb Damp” Here the ringer places a thumb on the outside of the bell producing a stopped sound when the clapper strikes the handbell When the music calls for a “swing,” the ringer uses a full arm swing front to back after ringing the bell. This is a synchronized movement by some or all ringers, as indicated in the music. Another technique to look for this week is the “martellato.” In this action, once rung the full handbell is gently pushed into the padded table producing a brief muted sound before it is lifted.
Now that you are more familiar with some of the techniques used by our handbell choir, we hope you’ll better enjoy listening Sunday when they play at 10:20 a.m.!