JULIANA HALL | AMERICAN ART SONG COMPOSER

THE BELLS

Setting for Soprano and Piano
of the poem by Edgar Allan Poe

Publisher
E. C. Schirmer Music Company

Catalog Number
8571

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Description
A musical setting of the large poem by Edgar Allan Poe. Written in four sections, the poem describes bells that tinkle with merriment in the crisp wintry night air, bells ringing with a golden joy at a wedding, bells ringing in alarm at the sight of a raging fire, and the melancholy groaning of the bells as they toll at the hands of ghouls intent on terrorizing the people, who shiver with fright at their sound in the night. Though Poe’s imagery is dark and sometimes frightening, it paints a colorful picture of the kaleidoscopic emotions that may arise from hearing these bringers of tidings good and bad.

Text
The Bells

Year of Composition
2014

Duration
20 minutes

Dedication
Steffi Fischer

First Performance
March 25, 2017
 
Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project (CUSP)
All Saints’ Episcopal Church
Princeton, New Jersey
 
Alexandra Porter, soprano
Brent Funderburk, piano

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Alexandra Porter, soprano
Brent Funderburk, piano

The Bells