About the piece

A grand processional for the Christmas season, which grows from chant to polyphonic ecstasy.

This arrangement combines the medieval aesthetic for independence of voice with contemporary diatonic harmonic practices. Bells were often a critical part of Medieval and Renaissance processions. Here the repetition of the fifth in the bells sets the tempo for the processional chant. The descending bell patterns in the second half of the composition mimics the practice of pealing bells to announce important events. The premier performance used the carillon in the Williams College Chapel and the coordination was attempted with the use of a walkie-talkie. The use of handbells facilitates much easier coordination, but the part can be performed by a carillon.

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Personent Hodie

1 license per ensemble member. 8 license minimum.


SATB chorus with organ and optional handbells


5 minutes 30 seconds

year written


Sheet Music Format

Digital PDF, 8.5 x 11"

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