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“Die vier Städte von Südliechtenstein”

for handbell soloist (4 octaves) and harp or piano in four movements

Liechtenstein is one of the smallest independent countries in the world, covering an area smaller than Staten Island and containing less than 40,000 residents. There are 11 municipalities in all of Liechtenstein, the four southernmost of which make up the four short movements of the modern handbell/harp (or piano) duet “Die vier Städte von Südliechtenstein” (“The Four Cities of Southern Liechtenstein”). The four cities and their defining characteristics have influenced the creation of each movement: Triesen, home of a historic weaving mill; Balzers, which borders the Rhine River; Triesenberg, whose residents use a dialect of German spoken nowhere else; and Vaduz, the capital and most populous municipality of Liechtenstein (with just over 5000 residents).

Premiered by Michèle Sharik and Marshall Bessières, July 6, 2008; The Walden School, Dublin, N.H.

Time: ~9 min.
composed in 2006; contact Matthew Prins for 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 Sublime Numbers”

for 5 octaves of handbells, 2 octaves of handchimes, and piano in 3 movements

honorable mention, 2006 SoundPrint Handbell Composition Contest

A musical representation of the only two numbers known as “sublime numbers,” as well as detailing the search for a third sublime number.

AGEHR Level: 6+
Time: ~10 min.
Published in 2007 by ring-Press, but currently out of print; contact Matthew Prins for more information



“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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