This complex piece finds Dirksen systematically working out change ringing bell motifs at length as well as exploring his ongoing fascination with mixed and hemiola rhythms. The attached score is regrettably partial.
D No: 127
Text - Author or Scripture: Thomas Traherne (1636?–1674)
Performing Forces: SATB orch
Date Published: MS
Date of Composition: 1973
Notes: Words: 3 stanzas from “On Christmas Day” by Thomas Traherne (1636?–1674). Scored for 2 oboes, bassoon, 2 trumpets, trombone, perc., organ, and handbells. Composed for the Bicentennial Celebration of Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia, on February 25, 1973; The Reverend William Sydnor, rector and Ted Guston, organist and choirmaster.
Categorized as: Sacred Choral
Tagged as: handbells, orchestra chamber, organ, SATB