The title is derived from the tune name "Duke Street" and it depicts both the tempo and style of the arrangement. It is flowing and meditative, with colorful LV patterns and melody both in the bass and treble. Rated at a Level 2 because of its slow tempo and easy rhythms, "A Stroll on 'Duke Street'" can be interpreted very musically, with crescendos and spiritually high moments. Its three verses are each treated differently, with the last verse raises the key signature a half step and then yet another half step as it grows with intensity. Although based on a hymn tune, the title allows this arrangement to be used for any audience.
For sacred environments, the arranger suggests that the text be studied for inspiration. There are several words set to the tune "Duke Street," although the arranger favors the text that begins,"I know that my redeemer lives." When performing the piece, use the first verse as a humble (and somewhat hesitant) prayer, the second verse more confident (by relying for God's promises), and the third verse as if obtaining divine reassurance. This would place the prayer-giver in a place of wonder - a spiritual mountain-top experience. Also, see the next paragraph's description, which could also be used for a spiritual experience with God the Creator.
For secular environments, use the visual imagery of an early morning walk. You start out just before sunrise, when nature is quiet and there is still dew on the grass. As you continue your upward path, the sky begins to change colors and the birds to sing. Aiming for the viewpoint at the hilltop, tree shadows begin to form and the brush mirrors the orange and grey from the new sunrise about to appear. When the sun does rise, it seems to wash all the darkness away in a single instant, making this new day clean and perfect.
The arrangement is for full bell choir using three to six octaves of handbells. When played with 11-12 ringers, the piece is rated at Level 2. The arranger wants to emphasize the bass notes in measures 43-47, 51-52, and 57-59. With four or five octaves, beat one should be strong, with beat two as an even stronger echo. With three octaves, use the footnote pattern on page four and play beat two very strong. Also, emphasize the Ab3 in measure 50 beat 4.
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