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Augusta Read Thomas

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Bells Ring Summer (2000)
Work Notes
Audio clip: Oxingale Records CD2004
G Schirmer Inc
Solo Works (excluding keyboard)
Year Composed
3 Minutes
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Programme Note
Augusta Read Thomas Bells Ring Summer (2000)
Composer’s Note:

Bells Ring Summer is a short fanfare for solo cello. The music starts with bold and relentless ringing tones, like a carillon blowing in the wind. The same pitches are played on adjacent strings, celebrating the vast color fields of the cello itself. Little by little, the bells climb higher in register, while athletic and dramatic lower register events interrupt their flow. Finally, as if only a fragile echo remains, the bells ring off into silence with battuto, col legno, pizzicato, in the highest register of the instrument.

Dedicated with admiration and gratitude to David Finckel. The work was made with David's powerful, musical and exquisite sound in my ear.

— Augusta Read Thomas

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  • Soloist(s)
    Matt Haimovitz, cello
  • Soloist(s)
    George Macero, cello
  • Nimbus Alliance:
  • 23 SEP 2012
    Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC
    Verge Ensemble
    Steve Honigberg, National Symphony cellist

A challenging piece for both listener and performer, with drawn-out tones, quick plucked notes, the short work has great urgency and its shivering, keening, melody prayer-like.
Richard B. Kamins, The Middletown Eye,9/26/2009
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