Si Tuvieras Fe (If You Only Have Faith)


Tune: Latin American folk tune

Arranger: Brian Seemann

Octaves Handbell: 3 – 7

Octaves Handchimes: 2  (Bb4 – Bb5)

Level: 5



This lively Latin folk tune is based on the text in Matthew 17:20:  If you have faith as small as a mustard seed … nothing will be impossible for you.”

The rhythm  is strong and central to this tune and is reflective of many of the rhythms with African origins which became central to the Caribbean and South American “Latin” musical style.   The melody and harmonies are engaging and filled with energy. Brian has used  a variety of stopped sounds including TD, RT, and malleted bells, offset by rests and syncopation to bring this exciting work alive.  The melody is briefly rung on handchimes while bells maintain the rhythmic style in the accompaniment. Dynamics and well-placed marts add to the excitement of this piece. The addition of improvised Latin percussion instruments such as guiro, maracas, and timbales will top this off! You may choose to include the lyrics in your program notes to enhance worship or concert performance.

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