O Come Little Children


Composer: Johann Schultz (1747-1800)

Arranger: Marquise Usher

Octaves Handbell: 4 – 5  OR  3 – 4

Octaves Handchimes: 5 – 6 OR 3

Level: 3

Please listen to the 5-6 octave version:



This simple and engaging German tune was written in 1790 as a secular song, but was joined with lyrics written by a Catholic priest and published in 1837. Marquise has created this Christmas favorite featuring the sweet melody supported by a gentle syncopated rhythm and flowing LV accompaniment. Handchimes take the melody in places and the addition of the low handchimes grounds the work and balances out the high bells nicely.  It has a variety of dynamics that expands to ff – but should still remain gentle in feel and never harsh. This is definitely a ‘must have’ addition to your handbell repertoire!

View the 5-6 octave version:

O Come Children 20634-5 web

View the 3-4 octave version:

O Come Children 20634-3 web


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Additional information


5 – 6 octave version, 3 – 4 octave version, Flute score


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