Deep River

J.D. FrizzellChoral, Mixed Voices Leave a Comment

This classic spiritual setting was a commission from one of my closest lifelong musical mentors, Lori Ziecker.  “Mrs. Z” started numerous choral programs in Gwinnett County outside of Atlanta, GA.  She is a pioneer in choral education, not only creating these choirs from nothing, but also bringing them each to high levels of excellence.  The original commission was for the …


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.  …

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.