Turtle Dove

Turtle Dove


Title: The Turtle Dove

Alt title: The Beloved’s Promise

Composer: 18th Century Folk Ballad

Arranger: Billy Brandt

Handbells used: 5 – 7 octaves

Handchimes used: 3 octaves

Other: Optional flute or C-instrument

Level: 3

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This lovely English folk song tells the story of love, longing, and nostalgia – very human emotions we all feel at times. This gentle setting features bells, handchimes, and flute all sharing the melody and the interplay among those voicings is lovely. LVs and dynamics make this expressive title even more poignant. The alternate title -  “The Beloved’s Promise” – relates to Psalms 74: 19-20, NLT: Don’t let these wild beasts destroy your turtledoves…. Remember your covenant promises….”  making it a lovely piece for worship. 

Octave Ranges
5-7 Octaves
Bible Verse Text
School and Youth
Secular - general usage
Level of Difficulty
Level 3

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