I Wonder As I Wander

I Wonder As I Wander


Composer: John Jacob Niles

Arranger: Hart Morris

Octaves Handbell: 3 – 5 (6)

Octaves Handchimes: n/a

Level: 3 –

Other Instruments:   Harp (or synth/keyboard with harp sounds)

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John Jacob Niles was born in Kentucky and had a keen interest in the folk tunes that were heard throughout the Appalachian mountain region, and as an avocation, collected and wrote down many of these folk tunes. The story goes that he heard a bit of this melody while in eastern North Carolina and was inspired to create this now-famous Christmas song. Hart was asked to arrange this lovely tune for harp and handbells and together they are a perfect combination of texture and tone for an enchantingly beautiful setting. Singing bell, LVs, delicate random rings, and gentle malleted notes support the melody, which is featured in both instruments.  Perfectly placed nuances in tempo and dynamics plus a lovely segue to a key change will engage the listener throughout. If a harp is not available, keyboard or synthesizer with a digital harp sound may be used.  This is a very special arrangement that is sure to become a favorite addition to your Christmas handbell repertoire!

Octave Ranges
3-5 octaves
Christmas (Religious)
Level of Difficulty
Level 3-
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