The Temple Bells

Composer
Jamie Klenetsky Fay
Composer Nationality
American
Composer Date of Birth
1984
Text
Jamie Klenetsky Fay
Year Composed
2009
Pages
8
Minutes
4:30
Difficulty
4 (Auditioned chorus)
Language
English
Voicing
4 part mixed chorus
Divisi
Yes
Solos
Tenor solo
Sacred or Secular
Secular
Mood
Relaxed, dreamy, introspective; Inspiring
Description

“The Temple Bells” plays on the idea of self-acceptance. It is broken up into three basic sections:

the person is mournful, confused, questioning, unsure of their identity;
the person is frenzied, thinking rapidly, trying to flee themselves;the person accepts, embraces, and finds peace with who they are.

The “temple bells” are the Bo(m) sounds, which are meant to close to the “m” sound as soon as possible. The piece is meant to be sung sans vibrato, with some leeway.

https://soundcloud.com/jamieklenetsky/the-temple-bells-recording-6-4

Group
C4
Performances
C4: 2009 June 4 & 6 (American Voices), cond. Rentz (World Premiere)