Bells started as an academic exercise in text setting and word painting, but it soon became a project I genuinely enjoyed working on, rather than an assignment I simply had to complete for school. Despite my fondness for the piece, I didn’t have an opportunity to get it performed until two years later. As a result, Bells underwent minor revisions, eradicating a few details that were only present for the sake of practicing certain compositional techniques. The end product is a song I enjoy even more now than I did as a sophomore, combining my favorite aspects of the original piece with a more current perspective on life and music.

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This recording of Bells features Tess Galbiati, voice, and JP Lempke, piano: