The Bells

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SATTB or SSATB a capella

Originally written for SATTB one-on-a-part, this sprightly and tintinnabular piece works well for both large and small choirs. It's a setting of one of Edgar Allen Poe's more cheerful poems, and is well-suited for holiday programming.

Audio: 

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Order Sheet Music
Catalog Number: 
HP04-06
Duration: 
1:30
Total Pages: 
12
Commissioned By: 
Dr. Richard and Mrs. Louise Varco
Premiere
Premiere Date: 
12/11/2000
Premiere Ensemble: 
Dare to Breathe
Text
Text Author or Source: 
Edgar Allen Poe
Language: 
English
Text: 

The Bells

Hear the sledges with the bells -
Silver bells!
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
In the icy air of night!
While the stars that oversprinkle
All the heavens, seem to twinkle
With a crystalline delight;
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells -
From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.

From "The Bells," Stanza 1