In the Bleak Midwinter


Composer: Gustav Holst; Hymn tune:  CRANHAM

Arranger: Matthew Prins

Octaves Handbell: 3-5

Octaves Handchimes: N/A

Level: 3

Other Instruments: Cello, C-Instrument


This is a sensitive and moving arrangement of Gustav Holst’s tune, CRANHAM, which has become a staple in Christmas repertoire. Opening in 3/4 meter before changing to 4/4, the handbells provide the introduction, setting a serene atmosphere for the entrance of the melody. Cello, other C instrument or handchimes provide the first statement of the melody line. A brief interlude in 3/4 introduces a second statement of the melody, performed by handbells with the solo instrument, or handchimes, providing the contrasting musical line.

In the Bleak_20380HB

Additional information


Handbells, Cello or C-Instrument


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