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~For SATB Chorus, Flute, Bells, and Piano~
(Three movements)

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Choral Scores
(Each movement available separately)
I. Anthem For Doomed Youth   (GMP0203) - $2.45
II. In Flanders Fields   (GMP0204) - $2.15
III. Agnus Dei   (GMP0202) - $1.60
("Agnus Dei" is also available for SSA and TBB)

Instrumental Parts
I. Anthem For Doomed Youth   (GMP0203X) - $9.00
Bells (Orchestra Bells, Mark Tree, Tubular Chimes)
II. In Flanders Fields   (GMP0204X) - $9.00
Flute, Bells (Orchestra Bells, Mark Tree, Crotales)
III. Agnus Dei - a cappella

World Premiere!
March 15, 2003
California Music Educators Association (CMEA) State Conference
Pasadena, California
The Chamber Singers of Fresno State and Chico State, CA
Anna Hamre and Jeffrey Gemmell, Directors

Jointly commissioned by the Fresno State Chamber Singers and Chico State Chamber Singers of California State University
....a dramatic, powerful choral statement about the anger and chaos of war!

Although some wars may embody noble principles of freedom and human dignity, the ultimate cost is devastation and destruction of life.  FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS portrays the anger and chaos of war ("Anthem For Doomed Youth"), those who perish ("In Flanders Fields"), and supplication for peace and mercy ("Agnus Dei").

The over-arching title, FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS, was inspired by images of bells in the first poem.  This phrase was first penned by John Donne in 1624 and later used as the title of Ernest Hemingway's novel about the Spanish Civil War.  Bell-like instruments provide a unifying timbre throughout the first two movements.  The sounds and compositional techniques utilized in the music arise from the severity and haunting sadness of each poem.

"Anthem For Doomed Youth" was written in 1917 by 2nd Lt. Wilfred Owen, a British officer killed in battle one week before the war's end in 1918.  He was only twenty-five years old at the time of his death.  Owen's poetry rose to international prominence through its use in Benjamin Britten's War Requiem.  On November 11, 1918, one week after Owen's death -- at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month  -- bells were ringing in Shrewsbury to celebrate the Armistice, when the doorbell rang at his parent's home.... a courier delivering a telegram.... telling them that their son was dead.

"In Flanders Fields" was written in 1915 by Lt. Col. John McCrae, a Canadian officer who also died in 1918 of pneumonia while serving in the medical corps.  This poem is considered one of the most memorable war poems ever written.  Both poets died in the battlefields of France, only a few months apart.

Overall, the aesthetic scope of FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS is very broad -- from dramatic and dissonant tension to a reflective and eerie tonality, concluding with a tender and peaceful "Agnus Dei" drawn from the ancient Latin text.  The emotional profile of the music parallels the distinctive and contrasting character of each poem.

Click here for an extensive article published in the Chico Enterprise-Record on April 10, 2003

For Whom The Bell Tolls-Title page

I. Anthem For Doomed Youth
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I. Anthem For Doomed Youth, p.3

II. In Flanders Fields
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II. In Flanders Fields, p.1

III. Agnus Dei
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III. Agnus Dei(SATB), p.1