Augusta Read Thomas: Ripple Effects for 53-bell Carillon (G-Compass) 2 players [Printed Music]

Even in a catalogue as multifarious as Thomas', the carillon piece Ripple Effects stands out as a one-off. Commissioned by Rockefeller Chapel and devised in a number of versions, sculpted for carillons of three sizes, requiring varying numbers of players, the work is described by the composer as 'a labirynth of musical interrelationships and connections' that increases in complexity to this ever-expanding spiderweb of peals. [Paul Pellay]

Ripple Effects for Carillon, a commission from Rockefeller Chapel, is dedicated to Elizabeth J.L.Davenport, Dean of Rockefeller Chapel, Chicago compassionate spirit, innovator, visionary, arts devotee, and dear friend – in celebration of her ten years as Dean. Across Ripple Effects’ 5-minute duration, it unfolds a labyrinth of musical interrelationships and connections. Rhythmic agility, counterpoint, skill, energy, dynamic range, clarity, and majesty. Throughout the kaleidoscopic journey, the work passes through many “ripple layers”. This additive process continues until the final culminating sound of the composition - a chord where every one of the bells in the carillon are rung together. [Augusta Read Thomas]

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"Ripple Effects is for carillon was commissioned by the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel when it was premiered by four players (including Joey Brink who is on this recording) in 2018 though the work exists in a number of flexible versions, and is here heard in a version for two players (four hands and four feet). The sound is magical bells." Planet Hugill

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