Sarah Palermo | Composer | Songwriter | Music Theorist

  Ringing in the Season

Available in two arrangements:
Two choirs (5, 6, or 7 octaves handbells and 3 octaves handchimes)
One choir (5, 6, or 7 octaves handbells)
Originally scored for an ensemble of three bell choirs, Ringing in the Season is an arrangement of two familiar Christmas songs. The opening melody of I Saw Three Ships is passed in between the different choirs, as each of them "approaches” the shore on Christmas morning. Modal harmonies accompany the theme and lead it into Angels We Have Heard On High, where the key is forced from major to minor. The piece’s drama peaks when when minor bell peals crash like waves into the clanging chords of the upper and lower voices, until finally the dissonances resolve back into I Saw Three Ships.
Commissioned by the Penobscot Bay Ringers in honor of Leigh Smith on the 10th anniversary of their Ringing in the Season concert and as a tribute to her commitment to the art of handbell ringing.

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