I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In - Childers

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Arranged for 3 to 7 octave handbell choir, optional 3 to 5 octaves of handchimes and optional 3 octaves of auxiliary bells.  Level 5.  The opening of Brian Childers’ arrangement of this well-known melody builds slowly in intensity and complexity to the introduction of the tune, which appears in a fantasia-like setting. The accompaniment gives the lilting feeling of being on the sea, and the harmonies keep everyone on their toes. After a playful iteration of the theme, a slower, ethereal section appears with “Joy to the World” played delicately on optional auxillary bells such as Whitechapels or Silver Melody Bells. The main theme returns in triumphant style at the end for a grand and glorious conclusion!

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