Vital Dance | SATB Chorus & Piano | 5'

Ring Out, Ye Bells! is a joyful Christmas carol for SATB chorus and piano. Here, an exuberant piano part mimics the powerful resonance of harps and bells.

 

This piece sets a text by Paul Laurence Dunbar and was premiered by VocalEssence (Philip Brunelle, director) as a winner of their 2013 Welcome Christmas Carol Contest.

 

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text

 

In bed, listening to the metronome in my ear, the tiny timekeeper
who will not let me sleep, taking life with each beat into the drum,

tap by tap, a Morse code message in a long-lost language.

Why do I sleep knowing that time will pass as I do? I am free to dance when Father Time is drowsy, lulled by the white coin in the sky, suspended

between heads or tails. In those moments, we wait, hold

our breath, and dance together in familiar emptiness from which we came and shall return one day, when our knees are weak and our hair a color

akin to the moon.
One two heads three four tails five six last seven eight day Hush

—Abby N. Lewis,
from Reticent (Grateful Steps, 2016; used with permission).

 

 

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The Christmas Rose

Glorious, Glorious