|Song of the Bells
Composed for orchestra, Song of the Bells was completed for recording by the composer on September 8, 1953, in analog mono sound, which is where it was first performed. It is exactly 3 minutes long. It was re-recorded in analog stereo sound by the composer on June 5, 1959.
Composer quotes: "In music encyclopedias bells are mentioned as very effective instruments especially for dramatic and theater music. Unfortunately there are only a few composer who are able to write music such as the Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz or an opera like Parsifal. In both cases bells are used to create a sense of reality. One music encyclopedia concludes rather laconically that a composer very rarely has an opportunity to write a piece with bell-accompaniment. I once wrote a waltz, of which the first few notes, when played, sounded like bells and I asked myself why bells are mainly used only with church scenes, religious themes or grandios festive events, Why should bells not be used simply because of their beautiful sound. The result was a waltz with the title "Song of the Bells." Bells are conventionally not connected with a waltz. In the middle part a glockenspiel is added to the bells, both playing a duet. The small glockenspiel accompanies the slow notes of the big bells with fast notes."