Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace

Review:      Dedicated to the victims of the shooting at Columbine High School and other acts of senseless violence, this original composition's mood is based upon the 13th century prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. Accessible for 3, 4, or 5 octaves of bells, brass, throughout the ninty-nine measure work.

Published by: Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc.

Copyright: Varies by Piece

McChesney, K.
Easy Medium
Classification: Secular , Church or Concert , Memorial Service , Hope and Rememberance , Narrator , Original Composition
Technique: Mallet
Voicing: Handbells, No Choral
Instrument: Keyboard , Brass Ensemble , C Instrument
Bells Used: Three Octaves: 25 Bells; Four Octaves: 32 Bells; Five Octaves: 41 Bells
Stock Number Description Price Qty. Ship
MJHS9296 HB pt   $3.95 S
MJHS9296B Instrument parts: 2 Flutes (or 2 C Inst), 2 Bb Trumpets, Horn in F, Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Cymbal   $15.00 S
MJHS9296FS Full Score   $5.95 S
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The Composer , Kevin McChesney , Added a comment on 12/3/2003: Comment I had a hard time getting my mind around the tragic events at Columbine High School. I wanted to create an artistic response that could make sense of it all. After several attempts, I realized that it wasn't my place to make sense of it, but to find and create peace wherever I could in life. The music flowed after that, music that celebrates that events like these need never happen again if we can change hearts. Make Me an Instrument is designed to be accessible to as many as possible. There are many performance options - 3-5 octave bells alone, or bells with keyboard, brass, percussion, solo trumpet, 2 trumpets, or various combinations of these. I let people know the piece was available a couple months after the incident at Columbine. I was - and continue to be - amazed and overwhelmed at the response. Over 3500 groups have played this piece, in all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, The Virgin Islands, The Cayman Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Thailand, Germany, Italy, France, England, Scotland, Ireland, and South Africa. It's the dream of anyone involved in an artistic endeavor to have one of his or her creations take on a life of its own. I am humbled and feel extremely lucky to have had this happen with this piece - in my lifetime and before I was 40 years old. The piece is no longer propelled by me and has become something well beyond whatever small imprint I have had on it.