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Of the Father's Love Begotten

Composer David W. Music
Church Season Christmas
Level 4-5
No. Handbells 2 or 3 octaves (15 [16] bells)
Length 2' 00" Price $2.50 (U.S.) Released 12/94
Catalog no. 845-102

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"The Hymn's own editor David W. Music has three new handbell compositions from Selah Publishing Co. 'Of the Father's Love Begotten (845-102, $2.00) is a gentle setting of the chant Divinum Mysterium for two octaves and one optional additional bell. A note indicates that the piece may also be played by a handbell quartet." ­The Hymn, October 1995

"There are no bell changes in this arrangement. It can be played by a quartet if you are short on ringers. The difficulty lies solely in the meter changes from 4/4 to 3/4 to 7/8, etc., just as the chant tune dictates." ­Pastoral Music, October/November 1997.

David Music takes this familiar 13th century plainsong and fashions an appealing and respectful setting. Excellent as a hymn prelude or on its own. Playable by a quartet.

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