Let’s ring the bells for today’s new tune, since the New Year is just around the corner!
“Resplendence” is a five-and-a-half minute long work for 3.5 octave handbell choir. Composed in 2014, I used the opportunity to experiment with various sorts of combinatoriality (I really dig playing with aggregates!). I found that bells are a great way to experiment with such serialism because, like with a piano, the pitches are definite; the players can’t tweak them. And the resonant quality of the bells gives off such a glorious shower of shimmering sound!
Unfortunately no group has tackled this piece yet (but that may change in the coming year…) and, also unfortunately, no midi sound package I have access to contains all 3.5 octaves or bells. So in this recording, you’ll hear some piano with the bells… Use your imagination and envision the full handbell choir covering all those notes…
**And seriously, if you know of an advanced handbell group that might be interested in playing this piece for the first time (A World Premier!) hit me up! 🙂
Enjoy listening to the demo below…
“Resplendence” can be performed by an experienced ensemble with advanced ability. Get the sheet music here! And stay tuned for our new work of next week…
Need a place to celebrate and reflect upon the Christmas Story this Christmas Season, complete with community carol-singing and candle-lighting? Come join us at His Way Community Church in Santa Clarita (CA), December 24th, 5pm-6pm!
This year’s Christmas Eve Service will include a music trio of piano, violin and cello playing some popular Christmas Carols, a Christmas story reading and a candlelight singing of Silent Night.
All music will be specially composed and arranged by Sarah, and will be performed by Sarah on violin, Taylor Arnone on cello, and Mike Jung on piano.