Duration: ca. 12'
Instrumentation: narrator and chamber ensemble (flute, clarinet in B-flat, percussion, piano, 2 violins, viola, cello, bass)
Commissioned by The Rivers School Conservatory. Text adapted by Robert Paterson from The Bell by Hans Christian Andersen
Upcoming World Premiere: The Rivers School Conservatory, Weston, MA, April 8, 2018
Publisher: Bill Holab Music
Program Note (In Progress)
I grew up with a father who was a bronze sculptor, and I am also a percussionist, so perhaps it is inevitable that a number of my works—including this one—incorporate bells or bell-like sounds. The text for the The Bell is adapted from a story of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen that masterfully weaves together humor, suspense, and horror through a tale of a mysterious bell. Two characters are central to the story, a rich boy and a poor boy, who could be viewed as two sides of Andersen himself, since he grew up in relative poverty and ultimately believed that he descended from royalty. In my adaptation, the story is updated and retold in a way that emphasizes themes such as having a youthful curiosity, the ultimate equality of human-beings whether rich or poor, and being one with the Mother Nature. The Bell was commissioned by The Rivers School Conservatory.