J.D. FrizzellHandbell, Level 4 Leave a Comment

Written for Canticle in Pensacola, FL, this exciting work for 3-5 octaves features many repeated rhythmic patterns to make a very difficult sounding piece quite accessible.  


J.D. FrizzellHandbell, Level 2 Leave a Comment

“Lamentation” is a contemplative and lyrical work appropriate for any occasion and especially suited for Holy Week. A great teaching piece for phrasing, dynamics, and structure, this piece utilizes R, LV, and suspended mallet techniques. Sections in both minor and major keys build to a dramatic climax before the piece softly ends. Published by Choristers Guild  

Easter Triumph

J.D. FrizzellHandbell, Level 2 Leave a Comment

With orchestral strength and tonal variety, four of the most often-heard Easter hymn tunes combine in a glorious outpouring of praise for Easter morning. Liberal use of shakes, martellato lifts, thumb damps, and mallets add to the excitement.

I Vow To Thee, My Country

J.D. FrizzellHandbell, Level 2 Leave a Comment

When my editor at Lorenz asked me to write a Patriotic piece, I was stumped a bit.  I didn’t quite know how to approach the task, as I am not a big fan of Patriotic music in church.  I remembered hearing “I Vow To Thee, My Country” with the tune from Holst’s “The Planets”(THAXTED) and I knew it was perfect.  …

Passion Dance

J.D. FrizzellHandbell, Level 6 Leave a Comment

Passion Dance is, in a way, pretty ridiculous.  I wrote it as a virtuoso show-stopper for Southern Miss Carillon while I was in the group.  Believe it or not, other groups have played it, too!  If this includes you, please send me a recording.  Passion Dance depicts the life, death, and resurrection of Christ in an original musical setting. Commissioned …

Holy, Holy, Holy

J.D. FrizzellHandbell, Level 5 Leave a Comment

I wrote this when I was in Carillon at The University of Southern Mississippi.  For over 20 years, Carillon set the standard for collegiate handbell ensembles around the world.  Holy, Holy, Holy is complex, utilizing mixed meters, asymetrical meters, clusters, and extended harmonies.