Christmas Bells

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SATB/Brass (2 trpts, 2 horns, 2 t-bones, bass trombone, tuba)/Bell Choir/Tymp/Percussion
Text in English by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Difficulty rating (1-5): 3+
Duration 5:00
 
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P
erformed by the Northern Arizona University
Choral Union, directed by Dr. Edith Copley
recorded December 2010

Commissioned by Northern Arizona University Choral Union.
Premiered December 2, 2010.

 

TEXT

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till, ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said:
"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!"



 

 



 

  







 

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