The bells : for eight-part mixed choir : text, Edgar Allan Poe

Cardinal Scholar

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisor Kothman, Keith, 1963- Amstutz, Scott A. en_US 2011-06-09T15:33:20Z 2011-06-09T15:33:20Z 2009 en_US 2009
dc.description.abstract The Bells is an eight-part chamber choral setting of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem by the same name. The piece conveys sound images seen throughout the text using bell-like vertical sonorities and cascading textures. Onomatopoeia and extended vocal techniques such as Sprechstimme, inhalation, whistling, and tongue clicks are employed to increase the timbral possibilities of the choir and portray these sound images. The form of the piece is largely governed by the form of the four-stanza poem. The piece captures the drama and wide range of emotions from delight and even child-like nostalgia regarding the bells to terror and macabre fear invoked by their ringing. The emotional change of the text are musically traversed and experienced using recurring sectional melodic variation that gives the piece consistency as well as draws out the relations between the stanzas of the text. These melodies are used with more simple textures in the beginning. However, these melodies grow more rhapsodic with thicker and more varying textures as the work progresses with increasingly dissonant harmonies and timbral effects as the drama of the piece unfolds.
dc.description.sponsorship School of Music
dc.source CardinalScholar 1.0 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices), Unaccompanied. en_US
dc.subject.other Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849 -- Musical settings. en_US
dc.title The bells : for eight-part mixed choir : text, Edgar Allan Poe en_US
dc.type Creative project (M.M.), 3 hrs. en_US Thesis (M.M.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url en_US

Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

  • Creative Projects [3267]
    Creative projects submitted to the Graduate School by Ball State University master's degree candidates in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

Show simple item record

Search Cardinal Scholar


My Account