From Peril to Peace to Joy
This series of three tone poems was written specifically in honor of the Handbell Ringers of Japan to celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2017. Musically, the work is true to the title – the ‘Peril’ section being quite dramatic, beginning with an 8-measure, ominous mallet roll starting in the low bass, adding Sk chords moving up the scale. The main themes are filled with energy and end this section with a dramatic chord. ‘Peace’ is introduced on handchimes leading into a lovely melodic section which includes rainsticks. ‘Joy’ then follows with a simple melody which is beautifully developed to the end. 170 measures.