Holiday Music


Reason # 349 why I love playing handbells: everywhere I go, I have a good pair of gloves in my car. This weekend Tintabulations had the thrill of playing three performances with the Reno Philharmonic (what?! Reno has a philharmonic?!) and along with the concerts came graduation, parents in town, and a large winter storm! The whole weekend, my trusted Under Armor handbell gloves kept my hands warm every time I forgot my actual winter...

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You have survived the first week of December!  Only 19 more days of shopping and holiday cheer before we return to the humdrum of non-Christmas time.  To celebrate the first week of December, here is everyone’s favorite irreverent tune “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth”. <<Day 5 – Day 7>> Cover Photo: “Christmas Eve Magic” by Bo Insogna on Flickr.  Used under Creative...

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From the Basque Christmas tradition comes this lesser known carol entitled “The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came”.  I will admit that I was not familiar with this carol, so after some searching (thank you Wikipedia) I learned that this carol depicts the Angel’s decent to earth to tell of the birth.  The words to the opening verse of the carol go as follows: The angel Gabriel from heaven came, his wings as drifted snow,...

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Today we bring you a beautiful arrangement of “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” arranged for handbell duet with cello and piano by Song JaeWeoul.  This video is performed by Song JaeWeoul and Kim EuiGon at the Daejeon Handbell Choir concert in South Korea. <<Day 3 – Day 5>> Cover Image: “China Congregational Church, Hong Kong” from Natalie Chiu on Flickr.  Used under Creative Common’s...

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“We Three Kings” is a pretty standard carol that has been arranged countless different ways.  However, this arrangement by Joel Raney and performed by the Jubiloso Bells stands out among the rest.  This epic arrangement glides between jazzy, classical, and intense to keep the listener on the edge of their seat wondering what will happen next. <<Day 2 – Day...

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