Fantasia on Ukrainian Bell Carol


Composer: Mykola Leontovych

Arranger: Nicholas Barnard and Kay Hessemer

Octaves Handbell: 4

Octaves Handchimes: n/a

Level: Medium (3)


This timeless tune by Mykola Leontovych is based on a folk chant called “shchedryk” which means ‘bountiful,’  and originally had nothing to do with Christmas but was a ‘winter well-wishing song.”  However, there are hundreds of arrangements of this beautiful tune which has become a Christmas season standard.  Kay and Nicholas have created a unique, haunting, and fascinating arrangement that is never rushed or frantic. There are some unexpected moments and abrupt dynamic changes sprinkled throughout — which only add to the interest. Ultimately, it all resolves in a very satisfying and calm ending which will leave everyone smiling.

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