Ciderkin and Frolic


Composer: Caleb J. Onstead

Octaves Handbell: 4 – 7

Octaves Handchimes: 4 – 7

Level: 5




Caleb has conceived and created an amazing piece reminiscent of Early American folk music, filled with exciting rhythm and energy, including a melody that will stay with you after this toe-tapping work has ended. Caleb wrote:

Ciderkin was a diluted yet still alcoholic version of cider served to children in early America. Finding this tidbit of history on the cusp of my 21st birthday intrigued me and I immediately thought there was a song there… it turns out there was!”

Filled with syncopation emphasized by RT, malleted notes and marts, it moves along at a jaunty pace. Inclusion of handchimes in the treble and doubling of bass bells with low bass handchimes adds texture, tone and a great foundation for the merriment happening in the higher treble!  There is much dynamic expression included, key changes to tantalize and excite the ear, and well-placed Shakes which all combine to move this fun work forward to the rollicking, frolicking finish!

This is definitely a piece for your bronze group to include in their concert repertoire!

Ciderkin and Frolic was chosen to be included in the repertoire of the inaugural concert of the auditioned Zenith Handbell Ensemble in summer 2023 ~ Alex Guebert and Matthew Compton, directors.


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