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Title Status Publisher Publication Code(s) Writer(s) Octaves Difficulty Year Duration Required Instruments Optional Instruments Contest Winner Description
'Twas Christmas Eve out-of-print AGEHR AG 45030 by Paul A. McKlveen 4-5 Medium 1989 4" 7' n/a n/a n/a Nelson Linaberg, from Virginia Beach, approached me in Buffalo about writing a work to be used as a Christmas gift to his handbell choir. The work was to be written for five octaves of handbells, glockenspiel, and bar chimes; be thorough-composed; sound mystical; and use incomplete bits and works of Advent plainsongs. I completed it, but unfortunately I was not able to create what he wanted (sorry, Nelson). I made another version that only used handbells, and sent it to AGEHR, Inc. for consideration for publication. Don Allured, at his request, helped me modify it so that it could be playable both by four- and five-octave choirs. One other note of interest: this was the first composition that I wrote with the aid of a computer and a MIDI-enabled keyboard (a Vamaha V50).
Abiding Joy published Beckenhorst Press HB127 by Paul A. McKlveen 4-5 Medium 1993 2" 56' n/a n/a n/a This composition was commissioned in memory of a young handbell ringer who died. Lisa McDonald was very active in the church, and the church wanted a composition that captured the spirit of her vitality. It was only after I had decided on the title that I discovered that Lisa has a surviving sister named Joy.
All Creatures of Our God and King published GIA Publications G-8173 arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Level 2+ 2012 2" 37' n/a n/a n/a Written for the Praise Ringers, First Presbyterian Church, Neenah, WI
Amber Meadows published STEP by Paul A. McKlveen 4 Medium-difficult 2003 2" 57' n/a n/a n/a Amber Meadows is an original work for quartet. This work was commissioned by the Bells for Four Quartet, Avondale United Methodist Church, Kansas City, Missouri.
And Can It Be published Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc. JH S9086 arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium 1993 4" 55' n/a n/a n/a Having the available time, I arranged this hymn tune which I like.
Angels We Have Heard On High published Dots and Lines Ink. DL1998AHB arr. by Chip Davis / trans. by Paul A. McKlveen 4-6 Difficult 1998 3" 25' n/a n/a n/a This work, arranged by Chip Davis (Mannheim Steamroller), is yet another one I felt that deserved to be made available to the handbell world.
Arise and Rejoice published Hinshaw Music HHB-47 by Paul A. McKlveen 4-5 Medium-difficult 1992 2" 59' n/a n/a n/a This piece was written for some friends of mine in Gering, Nebraska whom I met while attending the Area XI Handbell Festival in June 1990 at Caspar, Wyoming.
Badinage published Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc. JH S8808 by Paul A. McKlveen 4 Medium 1988 2" 20' n/a n/a n/a One motif used in this piece was conceived by a friend of mine, Christopher Moore, who played it for me one day. I asked, and received, permission from him to use it.
Banana Boat Loader's Song out-of-print Green Rose Press HB-0184 arr. by Ann W. LeGarde and Paul A. McKlveen 3 Level 3 1998 0" 0' n/a bongo drum, maracas, triangle n/a This arrangement is one of several I did with Ann LeGarde for the Farmington Woods Elementary School Festival Choir, Cary N.C., for use at the Latin American Festival, Fiesta, on May 4, 1995.
Be Thou My Vision published Alfred Publishing Company 16465 arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Level 2 1995 2" 35' n/a n/a n/a This piece was commissioned by Robert Johnson in memory of one of the first ringers in his handbell choir at Knox Presbyterian Church in Ohio. This was the third composition he commissioned from me.
Blessed Assurance not published arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 4-5 Medium 2002 2" 57' n/a n/a n/a This work was commissioned by Trinity Bells in honor of Patricia Madison's 20th anniversary as Music Director at Trinity United Methodist Church.
Blessed Exaltation published Lake State Publications HB 93033 by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium 1993 4" 29' n/a n/a n/a This composition was commissioned by The Raleigh Ringers, Inc. in honor of the City of Raleigh, N.C. on the occasion of the Bicentennial Celebration Year of 1992.
Blessing, The published Lake State Publications HB 95039 by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium 1995 3" 8' n/a n/a n/a I wrote it, at the request of my wife, as a surprise present for my wife's younger sister (Pam) on the birth of her first child, Ian. (The work is dedicated to Ian). I composed it with the idea of babies and lullabies in mind. Now, we kept the whole project a secret from Pam, which wasn't hard to do since we live in North Carolina and Pam lives in Los Angeles, CA. After the baby was born, I completed the composition by adding the dedication line and then mailed it to her. We heard back from her in a couple of days and she was tickled to death. Pam has another little boy, but I haven't gotten around to writing a piece for him. I jokingly tell my wife that I am going to name the new work The Blessing: The Sequel, The Blessing: Part 2 or my favorite: Another Blessing?! I have received many nice compliments about this composition. I have also heard how it was used at a festival in Texas: The piece was performed at the Area IX festival in San Antonio. While the group was ringing, slides of their children and/or grandchildren were shown on the wall. It had everyone in tears, it was a very touching and meaningful way to express their love for bells AND their children! Natalie Unruh FUMC Bryan TX
Bohemian Rhapsody not published by Freddie Mercury / arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 6 Difficult 1993 0" 0' n/a n/a n/a This work by Queen was arranged by request from the rockin' Raleigh Ringers. The arrangement can only be used by The Raleigh Ringers. Sorry!
Bring A Torch, Jeannette, Isabella published Laurendale Associates HB-1042 arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3 Easy-medium 1990 1" 35' Keyboard n/a n/a This arrangement is for handbell soloist and keyboard.
Capriccio published Composers Music Company AC 0434 by Paul A. McKlveen 2 Medium 1990 1" 0' n/a n/a n/a This piece was written as the original piece that John Breytspraak wanted for Composers Music Company. I completed the piece within three days, and this was the first piece where I composed the melody away from the keyboard. The week after I completed it, it was accepted for publication.
Charity published From the Top 20396 Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Level 3- 2014 4" 4' n/a Handchimes n/a Commissioned in memory of Arlene M. Thomsen for the handbell choirs of St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, Omaha, Nebraska
Christmas Lullaby / Stille Nacht published Dots and Lines Ink. DL1996LSHB arr. by Paul A. McKlveen / trans. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium 1996 3" 55' n/a n/a n/a Christmas Lullaby is an original composition by Chip Davis and is on Mannheim Steamroller's Christmas in the Aire CD. Stille Nacht is arranged by Chip Davis and is on the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas CD.
Church's One Foundation, The print on demand Hope Publishing Company 1547 (handbell score)
1548 (full score)
1548B (brass score)
arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium-difficult 1992 2" 32' organ or brass ensemble trumpet n/a My friend Richard Allen asked me to arrange a hymn for handbells, trumpet and organ. I accepted his offer, and, with his approval, arrangedThe Church's One Foundation.
Classical Gas published Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc. JH S9397 by Mason Williams / arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 4-5 Level 4 2005 2" 45' n/a n/a n/a As a surprise to the handbell ensemble I use to direct, Rezound!, I made an arrangement of Mason Williams fantastic 1960's hit, Classical Gas.
Colors of the Wind published Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc. JH S9164 arr. by Paul A. McKlveen and Sue A. McKlveen 3-6 Level 2+ 1995 2" 48' n/a n/a n/a I first heard the song when I took my son David to see The Lion King during the Christmas holiday in 1994. Before the movie began, a preview of the Pocohontas movie was shown. Afterwards, I called both Harold Haddox and Kevin McChesney about the song and implored them to consider having an arrangement written. (Both of them were editors at Jeffers Handbell Supply at the time). Later, Kevin asked me to arrange the piece since I had initially expressed interest in having an arrangement made. I got Sue involved because I needed help in discerning the notes while listening to the song on the compact disk we had purchased.
Come Sail Away not published by Dennis DeYoung / arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 7 Difficult 2005 6" 13' n/a n/a n/a Come Sail Away is the latest of commissioned works for The rockin' Raleigh Ringers.  Sorry, but this arrangement of the Styx classic can only be used by The Raleigh Ringers.
Come, O Spirit, Dwell Among Us published AGEHR AG 45045 (handbell score)
AG 45046 (full score)
30/1087 (brass / timpani score)
arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 4-5 Level 5- 1995 3" 44' n/a Organ, Brass and Timpani n/a This composition was commissioned by the Lewinsville Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir in Lewinsville, Virginia.
Comfort, Comfort You My People published From the Top 1059 arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3 Medium 2012 1" 23' n/a n/a n/a This handbell quartet was written for the Ensemble Ringers, First Presbyterian Church, Neenah WI
Contemplation (A Prayer For Mercy) published Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc. JH S9268 by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium 1999 3" 41' n/a n/a n/a This quiet, reflective work is perfect for use as a meditation.
Daybreak published Bell Tower Publishing BT 8205 by Paul A. McKlveen 2 Easy 1982 1" 47' n/a n/a n/a This was the first piece I had published. It was written within a two-week time-frame.
Dorian Fantasy published Bell Tower Publishing BT 8215 by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium-difficult 1982 2" 53' n/a tambourine n/a This work was developed from material composed during the Composition class I had at N.C. State. The first four notes of the melody originated by playing words on the piano. In this particular case, the word "D-E-A-D" was used.
Ein Deutsches Volkslied Fest not published arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3 or 5 Medium 1997 3" 22' n/a n/a n/a Some years ago an acquaintance of mine, C. Milton Rodgers III, asked me to write a medley of German folksongs. He explained to me that the German handbell ensembles (not Americans in Germany) have little handbell music that is relevant to them, and that he wanted something that he could take to Germany with him in June 1997. The work is an arrangement of four tunes that are well-known by Germans: Der Winter ist vergangen; Wohlan die Zeit; Horch, was kommt and Die Gedanken sind frei.
Enchantment, The out-of-print AGEHR AG 35044 by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium-difficult 1988 4" 51' n/a n/a n/a This piece is one of the most unusual compositions I have ever written.
Escapades published Bell Tower Publishing BT 8505 by Paul A. McKlveen 2 Easy-medium 1985 2" 2' n/a n/a n/a The melody in the "B" section was derived from a children's sneer.
Esprit de Corps out-of-print AGEHR AG 35041 by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium-difficult 1988 2" 20' n/a n/a 1987 National Composition Contest This work was written for the 1987 National Composition Contest. The original idea was to write a theme and variations; however, one particular variation was more interesting than the theme, and the work was developed around the variation (which is the main melody introduced at the beginning of the piece)  It won the contest.
Exodus out-of-print AGEHR AG 35032 by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium-difficult 1985 2" 30' n/a n/a n/a This work was written for the first National Composition Contest. Although it did not win, it was accepted for publication. The melody that is in the middle section was written about two years before the other sections of the work.
Exuberant Joy published Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc. JH S9028 by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium 1991 1" 25' n/a n/a n/a This work was written to be used as the "mystery piece" for the 1990 Durham Bellfest on October 27, 1990. The work was distributed to the ringers on the day of the festival, and I taught it to them in the allotted rehearsal time (they performed it well during the concert). I tried to keep the work short, yet interesting. Although it has some syncopated rhythms, I utilized the rhythms throughout the work so that once the patterns are learned, the work can be learned quickly. I also used block chords for a strong, massive sound which works well in mass ringing. I also avoided using accidentals as mush as possible.
Fairest Lord Jesus not published arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 2 Easy-medium 2006 1" 47' n/a n/a n/a Fairest Lord Jesus is a gentle, flowly arrangement of CRUSADER's HYMN.
Faith published Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc. JH S9396 by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Level 2+ 2003 3" 33' n/a n/a n/a Faith was jointly commissioned by The Raleigh Ringers, David M. Harris, Director and Ridge Road Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC to help raise money for Jerry D. Jones.
Fanfare and Ostinato published Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc. JH S8915 by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium 1989 4" 54' n/a n/a 1989 Area XI Composition Contest (original composition division) This work won the 1989 Area XI contest.
Fanfare on "O Tannebaum" published Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc. JH S9032 by Paul A. McKlveen 3 or 5 Easy-medium 1991 2" 0' n/a n/a n/a While being escorted from the airport to the 1990 National Directors' Convention in Denver, George Cannon and I discussed his idea of having a processional for the upcoming "Sounds of Christmas" program, where he would be directing the participating handbell choirs. Later, he commissioned me to write the piece. George has already planning to use an arrangement of "O Tannenbaum" for Orchestra and Handbells to close the program, and he thought that a handbell processional on the same tune would be a good way to start the program.
Fantasy on "Hendon" not published by Paul A. McKlveen 3-6 Level 5 1997 3" 53' n/a n/a n/a This work was written for a handbell choir that I use to direct: the Chancel Ringers of White Plains United Methodist Church of Cary, NC. It was premiered at the 8:30 morning worship service on Sunday, February 1 at White Plains United Methodist Church, Cary, NC.
Fantasy on "Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming" published Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc. JH S9203 by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Level 4 1997 3" 49' n/a n/a n/a This work was written for the handbell choir I use to conduct: the Chancel Ringers of White Plains United Methodist Church, Cary, North Carolina.
Festive Jubilation published Lake State Publications HB95044 by Paul A. McKlveen 3-6 Difficult 1995 3" 20' n/a n/a n/a This work was written for a composition contest and for The Raleigh Ringers, Inc. It utilizes alternating 4/4 - 3/4 meters in one section, and alternating 3/4 - 6/8 meters in other sections. In addition, I "borrowed" a rhythmic pattern I used in a marimba piece I wrote for a friend.
Festive Ring, A published From the Top 20296-HB
20296-P
by Paul A. McKlveen 4-6 Level 3 2013 4" 2' n/a congas, tambourine n/a A Festive Ring is an original work written for handbells, optional congas, and optional tambourine.  The work is a commissioned work that I donated for the silent auction at the 2006 Area VII Festival Conference.  Al Marquardt, the Area VII Chairman at that time, won the bid and received the commission.
First Noel, The published Lorenz LC 20/1080 arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3 or 5 Level 2 1996 3" 34' n/a n/a n/a This work was for the occasion of David's (my son's) first Christmas.
Furioso published Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc. JH S9348 by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Level 4 2001 3" 20' n/a n/a n/a This original composition was written for Rezound! of the greater Kansas City area. It is very percussive and has many meter changes.
Gavotte published Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc. JH S9243 by William Boyce (from Symphony IV) / arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3 or 5 Medium-difficult 1990 2" 18' n/a trumpet n/a Back sometime in 1990 I happened to catch a ride to a Raleigh Ringers gig in Fayetteville with Nancy Aasland, another Raleigh Ringer at that time. She played for me the Canadian Brass rendition of this work, and she thought it would sound great on bells. I felt the same, and agreed to arrange it.
Giocoso [first work] not published by Paul A. McKlveen 4-5 Medium-difficult 1994 0" 0' marimba quartet n/a n/a This work has had several different titles and has been reworked at least three times. Originally, it had the title of Phantasia. Later, when Larry Smith from the University of Southern Mississippi asked me about writing a work for handbells and marimba quartet, I pulled it out, revised it extensively (a whole new middle section was created to replace the previous middle section) and renamed it to Mississippi Magic. It was under this title that it was performed at the 1994 National Directors' Seminar held in Mobile, Alabama by his choir. Afterwards, in an attempt to have it published, I renamed it again as I realized that the title Mississippi Magic wasn't marketable.
Giocoso [second work] published Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc. JH S9374 by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Level 2 2003 1" 35' n/a n/a n/a Giocoso was written with material left over from a quartet work.
God Rest Ye Merry published Dots and Lines Ink. DL1996GRHB arr. by Chip Davis / trans. by Paul A. McKlveen 4-5 Difficult 1996 0" 0' n/a n/a n/a This work, arranged by Chip Davis of Mannheim Steamroller, is another one I felt that deserved to be made available to the handbell world. This work is a transcription of the rock-n-roll arrangement.
Guantanamera published Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc. JH S9237 (handbell score),
JH S9237P (percussion parts)
arr. by Paul A. McKlveen and Ann W. LeGarde 3-5 Easy-medium 1996 2" 20' n/a bongos, cabasa, maracas, triangle n/a This work was one of several that I worked with Ann W. LeGarde. Ann needed several handbell works created for the choir she directs at Farmington Woods Elementary School for their use at the latin American Festival, Fiesta, that was held at the school on May 4, 1995. While my friend, Kevin McChesney, was in town to conduct the 1996 Capital Area Handbell Festival held each year in the Raleigh Durham area, I played it for him. He expressed an interest in reviewing it for consideration for publication by Jeffers if I would expand it to make it longer and include optional fourth- and fifth-octave notes. He also suggested that I include some optional percussion intruments. I completed the rewrite and sent it in. Shortly afterwards, it was accepted for publication.
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing published Composers Music Company BR 0553 arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3 Medium 1991 1" 33' n/a n/a n/a John Breytspraak, once again, asked me to write an original composition and an arrangement for Composers Music Company. I accepted and wrote an arrangement of another Christmas carol.
He Lives! published Ringing Word RW 8078 arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium 1996 1" 33' n/a n/a n/a This work was requested by Jeffers Handbell Supply.
Holly and the Ivy, The published Composers Music Company BR 0435 arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3 Medium 1990 1" 34' n/a n/a n/a This work was written sometime around 1987. When John Breytspraak approached me in Buffalo, NY at the 1989 National Directors' Convention about writing two works for his company, an original and an arrangement, I decided to pull it out and rework it. Because of the size limitation, I threw out one verse, and made a few other minor changes.
Holly and the Ivy, The published Dots and Lines Ink. DL1996HIHB arr. by Chip Davis / trans. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Easy-medium 1996 2" 57' flute n/a n/a This work, arranged by Chip Davis of Mannheim Steamroller, is another one I felt that deserved to be made available to the handbell world. The Raleigh Ringers, a community handbell choir based in Raleigh, has recorded it on their second CD using choir chimes instead of the flute.
Holy City, The not published by Stephen Adams / arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium 1992 4" 58' n/a n/a n/a This work was commissioned by the Adult Ringers of First United Methodist Church, Lenoir, North Carolina in honor of their director, Patricia S. Riddle.
Holy, Holy, Holy! published Concordia Publishing House 97-6819 arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium 1999 3" 50' n/a n/a n/a This arrangement was commissioned by the Senior High Youth Group of White Plains United Methodist Church, Cary, NC in memory of Nick Wallace.
I Love Rock 'n Roll not published by Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker. / arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 7 Difficult 2004 2" 54' n/a n/a n/a I Love Rock 'n Roll  is the latest of commissioned works for The rockin' Raleigh Ringers. Sorry, but this arrangement can only be used by The Raleigh Ringers.
I Love You, Lord to-be-published From the Top arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3 Easy-medium 2014 0" 0' n/a n/a n/a This is a fairly easy-to-learn arrangment of Laurie Klein's well-known praise chorus.
In Dulci Jubilo published Dots and Lines Ink. DL1998IHB arr. by Chip Davis / trans. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium-difficult 1998 2" 25' n/a n/a n/a This work, arranged by Chip Davis (Mannheim Steamroller), is yet another one I felt that deserved to be made available to the handbell world.
Infant Holy, Infant Lowly published Red River Publishing RRBL5045 arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-6 Level 3+ 2009 3" 28' n/a n/a n/a Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, written entirely in 9/8 meter, frequently utilizes the "mallets with bells suspended in air" technique.  Each of the three verses is in a different key.
It is Well With My Soul published From the Top 1077 arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-4 Medium 2012 2" 27' n/a n/a n/a This work was written for the Ensemble Ringers, First Presbyterian Church, Neenah, WI.
Journey Home, The published GIA Publications G-6623,
G-6623INST
by Paul A. McKlveen 3-7 Easy-medium 2005 4" 35' n/a flute or clarinet, cymbal, triangle 2003 Bells of the Sound Composition Contest This original composition won second place in the 2003 Bells of the Sound "Roadtrip" composition contest. The contest was looking for works that evoke the character and spirit of regions of America. Almost two years ago I had the pleasure of riding through the Shenandoah valley in Virginia for the first time. I was traveling to a handbell festival, and one of the organizers of the event had graciously picked me up at the airport. After a time, we drove into the Shenandoah valley. Having grown up in a valley, I immediately felt as if I was home. It was autumn, and the day was warm and sunny. The beauty of the valley stretched before our eyes. After the day's events were over, we stepped out into the night. The air had become much cooler as a blanket of stars emerged and smothered away the remaining cares of the day. I felt at peace. Sometime after I arrived home I wanted to compose a work in memory of my experience there. I knew I wanted the work to capture the spirit of the Shenandoah valley, and decided that it had to have a melody reminiscent of an American folk tune, so I studied the tune Shenandoah to give me insight. I imagined what it would be like to come back home to the valley. Perhaps I have been gone a long time, or maybe just for the day. Perhaps I am walking, or maybe I'm driving. As I cross over a ridge and into the valley, the cares and urgencies of the day relinquish their grip on me, and the peace of the valley beckons me to slow my pace. I amble onward. I'm going home.
Joy and Remembrance not published Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Level 3 2017 3" 33' n/a n/a n/a This work was commissioned by Daniel Moore in celebration of the life of Carolyn Hesch Gardner, her passion for handbell ringing, and generous support of her fellow ringers.
Joyous Heart, A not published by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium 2003 2" 52' n/a handchimes n/a A Joyous Heart is an original work that was written for a composition contest.
Joyous Spirit published Harold Flammer HP-5343 by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium-difficult 1993 4" 6' n/a n/a n/a This work was commissioned by Judy Auman, a former member of The Raleigh Ringers, Inc.
Kindred Spirits published Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc. JH S9118 by Kevin McChesney and Paul A. McKlveen 3 or 5 Medium 1995 4" 10' n/a n/a n/a This work was written as a fun project between a good friend of mine, Kevin McChesney, and me. Kevin lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, so we composed via the US Postal Service. I composed the A section, Kevin rewrote part of my A section and added the B section, I made some changes to his B section and wrote the coda, etc. After a short time, we finally agreed the composition was completed!
Lenten Meditation published Concordia Publishing House 97-6257 by Paul A. McKlveen 2-3 Easy-medium 1993 2" 50' n/a n/a n/a This composition was requested by John Behnke on behalf of Concordia Music Publishers.
Let Us Lift High the Cross not published by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium 2003 3" 0' unison (optional two-part) choir keyboard n/a Let Us Lift High the Cross is an original work based on the hymn text by George Kitchen and Michael Newbolt. This work was commissioned by the Children of Our Saviour School, Jacksonville, IL, Alice and Jim Hill, Music Directors, in memory of Luke Zeller.
Like A River Glorious out-of-print Hope Publishing Company 1472 arr. by Paul A. McKlveen and Jerry D. Jones 3-5 Medium 1991 3" 30' n/a n/a n/a This work was originally written as a four-octave work sometime between 1986 and 1987. After making major modifications to verse one and three, and writing a brand new verse two, Jerry Jones gave me a better bass line for verse two, which I decided to use. In addition, he helped me make a few other improvements in the work.
Little Ones published Laurendale Associates HB-1044 by Paul A. McKlveen 5 Medium 1993 2" 52' n/a n/a n/a Valerie Chaffin, a former member of the Raleigh Ringers, Inc., approached me about writing a work to be played at the baptism of her niece. She told me she wanted a work that was happy, not slow, and melodic. The work was written in a manner I had never tried before: I started with a harmonic progression, and wrote the melody line to fit the chord progressions. The work was performed for the baptism.
Lone, Wild Bird, The published Choristers Guild CGB386 arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Level 3 2004 3" 45' n/a B-flat clarinet or viola n/a The Lone, Wild Bird is a hymn based on the Southern Harmony tune, PROSPECT. This arrangement was commissioned by the Mary-El Ringers of First Presbyterian Church of Endicott, NY in memory of director Mary Ellen Lewis.
Maestoso published Bronze Music Publishers BHP1012 by Paul A. McKlveen 4-5 Difficult 1997 2" 24' n/a n/a Maestoso is the third, and least difficult, movement of a work that was commissioned by Daniel Moore for his handbell choir at The Wheeler School, a private high school in Providence, Rhode Island. The handbell choir rehearses five days a week during the school year, and he wanted a difficult original composition about three- to four-minutes in duration. After I finished Scherzando (the initial work I worked on for the commission), it was only two-minutes in duration, so after discussing it with Dan, I decided to write a suite with three movements: Rondo, Scherzando and Maestoso. Unfortunately, the entire length of the work was too long to be marketable, so I pursued having each movement published separately.
Marimba Ring not published by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium-difficult 1994 0" 0' marimba quartet n/a n/a In addition to writingGiocoso (Mississippi Magic) for Larry Smith (from the University of Southern Mississippi), I decided to write a second selection for handbells and marimba quartet. It, too, was performed at the 1994 National Directors' Seminar held in Mobile, Alabama by his choir.
Meditation on "Veni, Emmanuel" published Psaltery Music MS-54 by Paul A. McKlveen 3 Easy-medium 1991 1" 48' n/a n/a n/a This work was derived from left-over material developed while trying to write the work for Nelson Linaberg (see comments on 'Twas Christmas Eve). I take the plainsong melody, which is in 4/4 meter and alter the rhythms to make it fit into 3/4 meter.
Morning Celebration not published by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium-difficult 1996 3" 51' flute n/a n/a This work was commissioned by the Hillsborough Reformed Church Adult Handbell Choir in loving memory of
Sharon Calandra.

Note: in the spring of 2011 it was revised and is now written for 3-5 octaves and flute.
Nocturne published Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc. JH S9548 by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Level 3 2016 4" 40' n/a n/a n/a Written for the Praise Ringers, First Presbyterian Church, Neenah, WI.  This work also has an alternative title: Nightfall at Gethsemane.
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel published Concordia Publishing House 97-6549 arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium 1996 3" 48' n/a n/a n/a This work was written for my friend and former ringer, Darrel Vuncannon.
O Come, Ye Christians, Rejoice published Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc. JH S9059 (handbell score),
JH S9059B (brass parts),
JH S9059FS (full score)
arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium-difficult 1992 3" 2' organ or brass ensemble n/a n/a This work was written for my friend and former ringer, Joyce Mullins. The most interesting section of this work is in the beginning of the second verse where I put Adeste Fideles into 6/8 meter (played by the handbells) against In Dulci Jubilo (played by organ or brass) for about five measures.
O God, Our Help in Ages Past published Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc. JH S9157 (handbell score),
JH S9157B (brass parts),
JH S9157FS (full score)
arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium-difficult 1996 3" 48' n/a organ or brass ensemble n/a This work was commissioned for the 40th anniversary of Ridge Road Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC and Jerry D. Jones, Minister of Music.
Odyssey published AGEHR AG35213 by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Level 4 2003 4" 32' n/a n/a n/a Odyssey is an original work that I completed two years ago shortly after my father passed away. My father loved to sail, most of the time at Kerr Lake in North Carolina, and sometimes in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Carolina. While listening, I hope you can hear the ocean waves crashing about as a ship sails across the ocean.
Old Time Rock & Roll not published by George Jackson and Thomas E. Jones III / arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 7 Medium-difficult 2000 3" 1' n/a n/a n/a This work, written by George Jackson and Thomas E. Jones III, and performed by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, was arranged by request from the rockin' Raleigh Ringers. The arrangement can only be used by The Raleigh Ringers. Sorry!
Our National Hymn published Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc. JH S9043 arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium-difficult 1991 2" 57' n/a organ and congregational singing n/a My friend, Harold Haddox, suggested to me that maybe I should consider making an arrangement of a patriotic tune in lieu of the Iraqi war that was being waged at the time. I had wanted to do an arrangement of God of Our Fathers (a work that Marilyn Reese wanted me to do), so I decided to go ahead and pursue it. In the arrangement I use bits and pieces of other tunes, such as America (Materna) and Battle Hymn of the Republic. On the third verse I strictly adhere to conventional harmonies and have it in the key of Eb (the key used by many hymnals) so that, if desired, the organ and congregational singing can be used.
Peace Be With You published AGEHR AG 46009 by Paul A. McKlveen 4-6 Medium-difficult 1996 5" 36' n/a n/a n/a This work was commissioned by a Swedish woman who lives in Virginia who wanted a composition written in memory of some relatives. The woman loves Japanese music, so I used two pentatonic scales -- one being a Japanese pentatonic.
Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above published Broadman Press 4579-39 arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium 1993 2" 51' n/a n/a n/a This work was requested by Lee Webb at First Baptist Church, Cary NC, for a special worship service.
Praise to the Almighty King out-of-print Morningstar Music Publishers MSM-30-702 by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Level 3 2003 2" 32' n/a n/a n/a This composition is based on the tunes: LOBE DEN HERREN (Praise to the Lord, the Almighty), ITALIAN HYMN (Come, Thou Almighty King) and LASST UNS ERFREUDEN (All Creatures of Our God and King). The introduction and coda are based on LASST UNS ERFREUDEN, and there are two verses with LOBE DEN HERREN and one verse of ITALIAN HYMN.
Processional and March published Composers Music Company CP 7002 by Paul A. McKlveen 3 Easy-medium 2000 1" 45' n/a n/a n/a This composition was commissioned by Ann LeGarde for The Handbell Choir at Farmington Woods Elementary School, Cary, North Carolina, in Celebration of Its Inauguration as a Prospective International Baccalaureate / Primary Years Programme School. The first eight measures can be memorized and used as a processional. The remainder of the work is in ABA form. Recently I received a letter from Ann LeGarde concerning the composition. Listed below is part of the letter: Paul, Accolades to you! We really like the piece and are making good progress at learning it. We had fun figuring out the form and the students who get the marts and the thumb damps are happier than you can imagine. We made a list of comments to e-mail you and the best ones I'll share: "I like all those ands." (the eighth notes) "I like the thumb damps." Whining, "I didn't get any thumb damps." "I like the shakes." "I like how it sounds." "I like the beginning and how we can play it over and over." "I like having a processional where we can walk and play at the same time." "I wish we could walk through the halls and play it day long." It definitely is a hit! The children like it a lot and so do I.
Processional Festiva to-be-published Hope Publishing Company 2851 Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Level 3- 2018 2" 33' n/a n/a n/a "Processional Festiva" is an original composition written with simple rhythms and very few bell changes, allowing ringers to learn it quickly. The faster tempo, changes in dynamic levels, and frequent use of stopped sounds provides energy and excitement to both the listener and ringer alike. This upbeat work is appropriate for both church services and concert settings.
Psalm 8 not published by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium 1992 2" 22' n/a n/a n/a This work was commissioned for the dedication of the 4th and 5th octaves, St. Luke UMC, Goldsboro, NC -- Mark K. Gourley, former Director.
Psalm of Praise, A published Lake State Publications HB 93034 by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium-difficult 1993 5" 30' n/a n/a n/a This work was commissioned as a surprise gift to J. Franklin Clark, a minister of music in Virginia who celebrated his 25th anniversary at his church. This composition has been very popular, and has been used at both the 1994 Area X and Area XI Festival Conferences.
Que Toquen Los Niños published Green Rose Press HB-0185 by Paul A. McKlveen 3 Level 3 1998 1" 16' n/a guiro, bongo drum, maracas, triangle n/a This original work was commissioned for the Farmington Woods Elementary School Festival Choir, Cary N.C., for use at the Latin American Festival, Fiesta, on May 4, 1995.
Ring We Now of Christmas published Hope Publishing Company 2603 Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium-difficult 2010 3" 12' n/a n/a n/a "Ring We Now of Christmas" cleverly blends the popular French carol "Noel Nouvelet" and the classic Ukrainian carol, commonly known as "Carol of the Bells", to create a musical offering that reflects the excitement of the Christmas season.  The rhythmic alteration of the French carol gives a fresh take that will be enjoyed by both ringer and listener alike.  Additional color and interest is added through the use of optional handchimes, various bell techniques (TD, RT, PL, LV, SK, and martellato), and a key modulation from C minor to E minor and back.
Rock You Like A Hurricane not published by Herman Rarebell, Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker / arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 7 Difficult 2002 4" 13' n/a n/a n/a Yes, the Scorpions have come to handbells! This arrangement of the rock tune, written by Herman Rarebell, Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker, was commissioned by The Raleigh Ringers. Sorry, but this arrangement can only be used by The Raleigh Ringers.
Rondeau in C published Coronet Press 494-42101 by Paul A. McKlveen 3 or 5 Medium 1993 2" 25' n/a n/a n/a This work was written to be played during our wedding ceremony on June 29, 1991. Sue (my wife) wanted the work to sound Classical, which I attempted to do. I was very fortunate and privileged to have the Raleigh Ringers perform at the ceremony.
Rondo published Bronze Music Publishers BHP1008 by Paul A. McKlveen 4-5 Difficult 1996 3" 8' n/a n/a n/a Rondo is the first movement of a work that was commissioned by Daniel Moore for his handbell choir at The Wheeler School, a private high school in Providence, Rhode Island. The handbell choir rehearses five days a week during the school year, and he wanted a difficult original composition about three- to four-minutes in duration. After I finished Scherzando (the initial work I worked on for the commission), it was only two-minutes in duration, so after discussing it with Dan, I decided to write a suite with three movements: Rondo, Scherzando and Maestoso. Unfortunately, the entire length of the work was too long to be marketable, so I pursued having each movement published separately.
Sanctuary not published by John Thompson and Randy Scruggs / arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium-difficult 1998 3" 40' n/a n/a n/a This arrangement of the contemporary Christian song Sanctuary was commissioned for the tenth anniversary of the Holmes Street Sanctuary Ringers, Holmes Street United Methodist Church, Huntsville, Alabama. This group also commissioned me six years ago to write Abiding Joy.
Scarborough Fair published Alfred Publishing Company 12413 arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Level 2 1996 1" 59' n/a n/a n/a This work was requested by Anna Laura Page on behalf of Alfred Publishers. I met Anna Laura at the 1995 National Directors' Seminar in St. Louis, Missouri, and she asked me to write a Level 2 (easy-medium) arrangement of a folk tune. I chose Scarborough Fair because I have always wanted to arrange it.
Scherzando published Bronze Music Publishers BHP1011 by Paul A. McKlveen 4-5 Difficult 1996 2" 5' n/a n/a n/a Scherzando is the second movement of a work that was commissioned by Daniel Moore for his handbell choir at The Wheeler School, a private high school in Providence, Rhode Island. The handbell choir rehearses five days a week during the school year, and he wanted a difficult original composition about three- to four-minutes in duration. After I finished Scherzando (the initial work I worked on for the commission), it was only two-minutes in duration, so after discussing it with Dan, I decided to write a suite with three movements: Rondo, Scherzando and Maestoso. Unfortunately, the entire length of the work was too long to be marketable, so I pursued having each movement published separately.
Season of Joy published Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc. JH S9158 by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium-difficult 1996 4" 6' n/a n/a n/a I think Harold Haddox, who was the handbell editor for Jeffers Handbell Supply at the time, asked me for a secular Christmas work playable by two- or three-octave choirs. I decided on writing a medley.
A Somewhat Italian Hymn not published arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Level 3 2015 3" 12' n/a n/a n/a
Song of Praise published Concordia Publishing House 97-6511 by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Level 4 1995 3" 12' n/a trumpet n/a This composition was written due to a request by Concordia to write a composition for them to publish. This was the second composition written for them.
Spiritoso print on demand AGEHR AG 35099 by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Level 6 1996 3" 7' n/a n/a n/a This composition was commissioned by the Zion Lutheran Church Adult Handbell Choir, Doylestown, Ohio, to thank and honor their handbell director, Kenneth J. Pond, as they celebrated his 20th year in the ministry of music. The minister of music likes 'unusual' compositions, so I tried my best in writing a composition to suite his taste.
Spring Breezes published National Music Publishers HB-230 by Kyle Corbin and Paul A. McKlveen 4 Medium 1985 2" 22' n/a n/a n/a Kyle wrote the melody for a music theory class assignment. I asked, and received, permission from Kyle to use the melody and develop a work from it.
Strikepoint published From the Top 20271-M
20271-HB
20271-P
by Paul A. McKlveen / percussion parts by Greig Ashurst 3-7 Level 5 2010 2" 36' n/a Cymbal, drum set, glockenspiel, gong, marimba, tambourine, timpani, vibraphone, and xylophone n/a Strikepoint, written entirely in 7/8 and 5/8 meter is a fast, percussive, and exciting work. It is dedicated to Strikepoint and their "player/coach", Bill Alexander.
Take My Life and Let it Be published Choristers Guild CGB539 arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Level 3 2007 3" 5' n/a handchimes (3 oct.) n/a The last two (of four) verses were written using material fromFantasy on 'Hendon'
Thee I Cherish published Lorenz 20/1107L by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Level 3 1997 4" 10' n/a n/a n/a This work was commissioned by the Westover Church Bells of Praise in honor of Pam and Dean's wedding.
This Land is Your Land published Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc. JH S9358 by Woody Guthrie, arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-6 Level 2+ 2002 1" 45' n/a n/a n/a
Toccata published Composers Music Company FR 0554 by Paul A. McKlveen 2-4 Medium 1991 1" 51' n/a n/a n/a When writing this original work for John Breytspraak (for Composers Music Co.), I made sure that each sixteenth-figure used was controlled by an individual ringer (in another words, the bells needed to play each sixteenth-note figure are assigned to one ringer). This was done to make it easier to play.
Toccata For A Joyous Day published Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc. JH S9280 by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium-difficult 2001 3" 2' n/a handchimes n/a This original composition was commissioned by the PraiseRingers of First Baptist Church, Smithfield, NC in honor of Vertie M. Perry for her boundless energy and enthusiasm for handbells and her tireless commitment and dedication to FBC. The premiere performance was performed on November 21, 1999 to a surprised and unsuspecting Vertie, and was conducted by me.
Toccata in C Minor published AGEHR AG 35092 by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium-difficult 1995 3" 32' trumpet organ or brass ensemble 1994 Area II Composition Contest (original composition division) This composition, the third rewrite of a composition written years ago, won the 1994 Area II Composition Contest and was premiered at the 1995 Area II Festival Conference this summer. In addition, it is one of the massed ringing works that was used at the two 1996 Eastern National Festival Conferences.
Traditions of Christmas published Dots and Lines Ink. DL1995THB by Chip Davis / arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-6 Medium 1995 3" 21' n/a n/a n/a David Harris suggested that I arrange Chip's only original work that appears on the Mannheim Steamroller's A Fresh Aire Christmas CD. I wrote to American Gramaphone back in November of '93 and was not given permission to make an arrangement that I could send to a publisher for publication. I received a response that another person had been contracted. Well, I waited and I never saw any arrangement, so I wrote back in April of '95 and received permission! The other person never completed the project. The arrangement is dedicated to The Raleigh Ringers, Inc.
Trinity Medley not published arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 4-5 Medium-difficult 1995 2" 17' n/a organ and congregational singing n/a This work was commissioned by the handbell choirs of Knox Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, for the Church's 100th Anniversary. It was requested that the medley include three tunes -- each of which that refers to one aspect of the Holy Trinity. The medley includes At the Name of Jesus (King's Weston), Holy Ghost, Dispel Our Sadness (Geneva) and I Sing the Mighty Power of God (Ellacombe).
Triumphant Celebration published GIA Publications G-7095 by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Level 3 2008 4" 12' n/a 3-4 octaves of handchimes n/a Triumphant Celebration was commissioned in honor of the 25th annual Vermont Spring Ring.  It was premiered at the event that was held on Saturday, April 1, 2006 at the Bellows Falls High School, Bellows Falls, VT. As requested, the work begins with an eight-measure processional that can be memorized.  Listed below is a report I received from Jeri Bergdahl concerning the event: Hi Paul, Can't tell you how well Triumphant Celebration was received at the Spring Ring!  Karen James directed and did a fantastic job.  There were no announcements or anything before the concert started - all the ringers were outside.  Luckily there were eight doors, four on each side, located along the ringing floor.  It worked beautifully!  The ringers began playing as soon as they entered the room and the sound grew.  When everyone was inside, we went directly into the rest of the piece.  I think that the audience would have been on their feet had they been given a chance!
Trust and Obey published Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc. JH S8906 arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Medium 1989 2" 25' n/a n/a n/a This work was my first attempt in arranging a familiar hymn tune for handbells. The style is based on the style of a well-known handbell composer and arranger, Cynthia Dobrinski.
Two Processionals on "Silent Night" published Laurendale Associates HB-1088 arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Level 3 2002 2" 30' n/a n/a n/a Top off your Christmas program with one of two processionals written specifically to be memorized. Each processional is written with simple, repeating patterns that are easy to learn and a continuous ostinato in the bass that establishes a steady beat. The first processional is written in a traditional meter, and the second processional is written in 5/8 - for those of you who require less symmetry in your life!
Vivace published Lake State Publications HB 91024 by Paul A. McKlveen and Robert Gothson 4-5 Difficult 1991 3" 45' n/a n/a n/a The syncopated melody at the beginning of the work was conceived while driving to a friend's (Robert Gothson's) house. I played it for him, who several weeks later played to me a variation of my melody. He allowed me to use it within my work, and can be heard over the accompaniment that is played on mallets. The slow section was actually written sometime between 1987 and 1988, and was part of a larger idea for an original work for solo handbells.
What Child Is This? published National Music Publishers HB-325 arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3 Medium 1989 2" 55' keyboard n/a n/a This handbell solo was written for my friend, Christopher T. Moore.
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks published Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc. JH S9177 arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Level 3 1996 2" 42' n/a n/a n/a This work was requested by Jeffers Handbell Supply. It is dedicated to my oldest daughter, Sarah Ashley McKlveen.
With a Joyful Spirit published AGEHR AG35319 Paul A. McKlveen 3-5 Level 3 2013 3" 20' n/a Handchimes 2013 Area 2 Composition Contest This original work, subtitled Toccata Brillante, is fast and lively.  Ringers will enjoy ringing it as it has multiple techniques, such as suspended bells with mallets, echo, LV, thumb damps, martellatos, and plucks.
With Thankful Hearts published National Music Publishers NMHB655 arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 3 n/a 2009 3" 1' n/a n/a n/a This handbell quartet was written for the Ensemble Ringers, First Presbyterian Church, Neenah WI
Yuletide Medley, A published Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc. JH S9129 arr. by Paul A. McKlveen 2-3 Medium 1995 2" 35' n/a n/a n/a I think Harold Haddox, who was the handbell editor for Jeffers Handbell Supply at the time, asked me for a secular Christmas work playable by two- or three-octave choirs. I decided on writing a medley.

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