The classic Carol of the Bells is given a fresh and contemporary twist by Isaac Cates. The initial statement begins with equal parts homophonic and polyphonic writing, underscored by a delicate yet powerful piano accompaniment. The ending includes an unaccompanied SATB divisi section where all nine voice parts are added layer by layer to create an amazing tapestry of bell-like sounds. Preceded by vocal pyramids built on a quartal harmony, the piece ends on a single unison note, replicating the tolling bell as it dies away.
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