Composition Spotlight: "Les Cloches"
Date: June 1, 2014
COMPOSITION SPOTLIGHT ~ by Jack Senzig
(Each week we look at one or two of the best choral works posted in the Composition Showcase here on ChoralNet. This is where we store a treasure trove of works that your choirs will love to sing and your audiences will love to hear.)
Les Cloches by David Solomons for SSATBB, Tenor solo a cappella (Click here for PDF and here for AUDIO)
Level: High School or Higher
Uses: General Concert Use
Program Themes: Spring, Bells, Mortality, Memory
This Piece Would Program Well With: Full Fathom Five by Brad Burrill see the Composition Showcase
A new work in the Showcase made me smile this week. Bell-like vocables herald the joyful passing hours of our mortal lives in this arrangement of Debussy’s “Les Cloches.” The text speaks of springtime and relates the ringing of the bells to the pure white flowers on a church altar. This piece speaks volumes to anyone old enough or “country” enough to remember being called home by the ringing of a dinner bell or being called to prayer from the steeple of a distant church.
This piece is available from the composer’s website: http://dwsolo.musicaneo.com/sheetmusic/sm-178132_les_cloches_arranged_for_solo_voice_and_choir.html