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Entries Tagged as '7 octaves'

“Comrades, Haste! Faster the Steel Press!”

for 5-7 octaves handbells and 1 octave tuned percussion or Petit & Fritsen handbells, with optional marching machine, anvil, or other percussion

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2005 Bells of the Sound Composition Contest Winner

Inspired by the iron and steel factories in the Russian city of Cherepovets, “Comrades, Haste!” evokes a 1960s-era Soviet-bloc industrial sound. In creating that ambiance, “Comrades, Haste!” also includes opportunities for both tuned percussion and untuned percussion — an anvil, a marching machine, and whatever other ideas the performers have.

Premiered by the Bells of the Sound, April 23, 2005; Kirkland Performance Center, Kirkland, Wa.

AGEHR Level: 5
Time: ~4½ min.
Published in 2006 by Above the Line Publishing
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“Maelstrom”

for 5-7 octaves handbells

Extremely exciting, extremely difficult work that evokes a coming storm.

AGEHR Level: 6
Time: ~5 min.

arranged in 2010; contact Matthew Prins for more information



“The London Underground”

for 5-7 octaves handbells and handchimes, string orchestra and piano in 12 movements

A large-scale, multi-instrument work composed about London’s subway system, with each movement developing a different Tube line. Audio recording to come.

AGEHR Level: 5
Time: ~27 min.
to be published in 2011



“The World in Solemn Stillness Lay”

for 5-7 octaves handbells and solo vocalist

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A fantasy arrangement of the Christmas standard “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,” “The World in Solemn Stillness Lay” sets and maintains a mood with the use of random ringing, singing bells and a haunting vocal line. The arrangement makes use of multiple meter throughout with major sections in 5/4, 4/4 and 3/4. At times, the piece is very transparent and at others very complex with as many as four simultaneous lines.

Premiered by the Austin Handbell Ensemble, December 15, 2006; Austin, Tx.

AGEHR Level: 4-
Time: ~9 min.
Published in 2008 by Peal Publishing
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“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

for 4-5 octaves handbells (plus optional C2) and 3 octaves handchimes

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This unusual arrangement, set in the key of c minor, expresses the pain, torment and sorrow of the crucifixion. It opens with the optional use of the Singing Bell technique to accompany a plaintive statement of the melody. Measure 19 alters the mood dramatically with the introduction of a subtle, yet driving rhythm in the bass. The hymn tune is brought in and new motifs are introduced as the melody soars above the tension below. The intensity continues to grow until it all comes to an abrupt endconcluding with a thoughtful statement of the melody, rung on handchimes, accompanied by a soft random ring using only C3/4/5/6/7 and G3/6.

Premiered by the Bells of Dundee, March 16, 2008; St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, West Dundee, Ill.

AGEHR Level: 3
Time: ~3 min.
Published in 2009 by From the Top Music
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