Now the Green Blade Rises

Now the Green Blade Rises


Composer: Traditional French Carol

Arranger: Daniel Ujifusa

Handbells used: 5  – 6 octaves

Handchimes used: n/a

Level: 4-    


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This fresh and amazing setting of this traditional French carol tune for handbells is creative, unique, rhythmic, and so much fun to ring! It is a very accessible Level 3 – except for an amazing rhythmic section which moves from 4/4 to 6/8 to 3/4  - which is definitely Level 4 if rung accurately and at tempo! It is mostly malleted in the bass with a few mallet-lifts and marts appearing throughout for good measure. It was arranged for a youth bell choir and is a perfect piece for that age group – but all who enjoy rhythmic challenges will love this one – and audiences will definitely be poised to applaud at the last chord!


The quintessential question continues: is this title a Christmas or Easter song? The tune – Noël Nouvelet – a 15th century French Carol – has been arranged countless times for every instrument and voice in existence and in every conceivable style imaginable, it seems.  Lyrics set to this French tune in 1928 by John Campbell Crum is the source of the title, “Now the Green Blade Rises,” the underlying theme being seeds waiting to spring from the earth or Jesus rising from the dark grave.  One choral setting has included both the Christmas, Easter, and French lyrics:  something for every occasion! 

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Octave Ranges
5-6 Octaves
Christmas (Religious)
Classical Arrangements
School and Youth
Secular - general usage
Level of Difficulty
Level 4-

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