Prelude and Fugue on Noël Nouvelet

Prelude and Fugue on Noël Nouvelet


Composer: 15th Century French Carol

Arranger: Fred Gramann

Handbells used: 5 – 7 octaves

Handchimes used: 5 – 7  octaves  (10 chimes ranging from F2 – C5)

Level: 5

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This stellar setting of the Christmas favorite – Noël Nouvelet – was commissioned by Concert Bells of Fort Worth, TX, in celebration of their 25th anniversary – and Fred has created this glorious arrangement fitting for such an occasion. It begins with an ethereal and expressive opening ringing the first six tones of the carol supported by either handchimes using vib technique or handbells with echoes. The audience will be mesmerized by the sound when suddenly, an energetic LV eight-measure passage introduces the main carol theme. Perfectly placed LV peal-like passages, dynamics, including melody and counter-melody passages intertwine leading to what may feel like a climactic ending of this ‘Prelude’ portion of the work. However, a solo melody line then introduces the Fugue which is brilliant and magical in every way. J.S. Bach would be impressed with the development and beautifully-crafted contrapuntal writing which includes two well-crafted key changes and more! All will be totally engaged as this creation moves to its glorious climax featuring descending 16th note LV peals and the final chords. 

Words cannot possibly do justice to this outstanding arrangement. It is a definite ‘must have’ selection for all accomplished groups. 

Octave Ranges
5-7 Octaves
Christmas (Religious)
Classical Arrangements
Holiday (Secular)
School and Youth
Level of Difficulty
Level 5

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