If I Were A Bell


Composer: Frank Loesser

Arranger: Rob Riker

Octaves Handbell: 5 – 7

Octaves Handchimes: 5

Level: 4


What a perfect tune to be transcribed for handbells! Written by Frank Loesser for his 1950 musical “Guys and Dolls,” this joyful tune quickly became a jazz favorite propelled to the top of the jazz charts by the Miles Davis Quintet and remains a staple among jazz musicians. The engaging melody and rhythmic swing of this tune is sure to become a favorite in your group’s concert repertoire! It is mostly rung by the bells but it includes a delightful 3-4 jazz-waltz middle section rung on handchimes.  Malleted bass line, syncopation, accents, rests and perfectly placed Shakes make this music truly dance! It will be a fun challenge for your advanced ringers and an audience favorite!


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