Variations on Vruechten – (This Joyful Eastertide)


Composer: Hymn Tune:  Vruechten

Arranger: Patricia Hurlbutt

Octaves Handbell: 3 – 6

Octaves Handchimes: n/a

Level: 3

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Original was a Dutch folk tune “became a hymn tune in Joachim Oudaen’s David’s Psalmen (1685) and was first published in 1894 for Carols for Eastertide and Ascensiontide.”  The melody and meter are engaging and Pat has developed several stylistic variations – including a playful, dance-like section, a waltz, a “con fuoco” section featuring the melody in the bass, all leading to a majestic ending. Perfectly placed stopped techniques complement each of these variations. This is a delightful arrangement perfect for worship any time of year – but especially during Eastertide. (Incidentally, ‘Vruchten’ is Dutch for ‘fruit.’)


Variations on Vruechten web


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