"Vivace" is an lively piece, arranged from Sinfonia in G for string orchestra. True to its name, the speed is a fast 6/8 but its repeated pitches make it easier to perform (we all know how ringers love to play their note several times in a row!). Add the dynamic contrasts, and this arrangement sparkles.
The arrangement is for five, six, seven, eight, nine, or ten ringers using three octaves of handbells. Complete assignments are enclosed, and the piece is Level 3 when played with ten ringers. The black bar on the assignments page indicates the bell belongs to the primary ringer. A secondary ringer may also be required to share some bells that belong to another ringer, and this is indicated with the grey bar.
The piece is loosely written in rondeau form, which means that it has a recurring theme (similar to a refrain) and verses that extremely differ from one another. Rondeau form is usually explained by letters, where A equals the recurring theme, and each other letter like B or C indicate completely differing verses. The form then looks like this: ABACADAE etcetera. The repeated A pattern appearing in measures 1-4, 9-16, 28-37, and 46-53 although some patterns differ slightly in key or ending. Because of its consistency, both audience and performers alike will look forward to the next time that the A theme appears.
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