Yankee Doodle

Yankee Doodle


Composer: Traditional American Folk Tune

Arranger: Linda R. Lamb

Octaves Handbell: 3 – 5

Octaves Handchimes: 2

Level: 2 or 3

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Here is a delightful new and fresh setting of this traditional tune – as American as apple pie and ice cream – and it transcends all ages and generations.  Linda has set it to a story line beginning with a jaunty and optimistic feel reflecting the Colonies first declaring their independence from King George III’s England.  Melody is rung in the bells and then featured in the handchimes while a counter-melody with a jaunty feel is TD in the treble. Echoes are called for as the mood turns dismal and cold with the tune played in A-minor as winter sets in at Valley Forge – but determination carries the troops through to the turning point: the Battle of Saratoga! New energy infuses them and drives them forward to Victory at Yorktown! This will be a perfect piece for transitioning your Level 2 group to that next skill level — and a fabulous title for everyone to ring in all the patriotic events throughout the year! 

Octave Ranges
3-5 octaves
Novelty Pieces
School and Youth
Secular - general usage
Level of Difficulty
Level 2
Level 3
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