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Matthew H. Fields
Matthew H. Fields
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Sh`mah

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Duration

7 minutes


Program Note

"'Sh`mah` is a Hebrew word, meaning 'Listen!' It is the first word of the 'Sh`mah Yisrael', the sequence of excerpts from Deuteronomy which is most often repeated as a credo in Jewish daily practice.

"For this work, I have taken the word 'Sh`mah' for its meaning in isolation, and I have appropriated the chant tune of the 'Sh`mah' for its melodic intervals which are a fine match for the natural resonances of great bells. The resulting carillon tocatta was first played by Tin-shi Tam at Iowa State University."

--Matthew H. Fields

Instrumentation

carillon

Year of Composition

1995.

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