2 ff. (368 x 248 mm) autograph sketches on 20-stave music paper; with additional notes and sketches. Both leaves signed by composer at lower right corner.
“Resounding Earth can be heard and imagined as a United-Nations-of-Resonances. Scored for four percussionists playing bells from a wide variety of cultures and historical periods, the project is conceived as a cultural statement celebrating interdependence and commonality across all cultures; and as a musical statement celebrating the extraordinary beauty and diversity of expression inherent in bell sounds.”
“Probing into bells’ rich meanings and characteristics as carriers of history, ethnicity, societal and cultural connotations is a joy and wonder. Bells can be used to celebrate grand occasions, hold sacrifical rites, keep a record of events, give the correct time, celebrate births and weddings, mark funerals, caution a community, enhance any number of religious ceremonies, and are even hung around the necks of animals. As carriers of history and culture, bells, of numerous shapes, sizes, types, decorative patterns, weights, functions, and cultural connotations, enrapture and inspire.”
“Bells are central to Augusta’s music; bells permeate her music. For over 25 years, in every work for orchestra, and in many for smaller ensembles, she has been composing music frequently using percussion consisting of bell sounds (pitched metal percussion and all the mallet percussion instruments) many of which h=ave their origins in other than Western musical cultures. As such, her new piece is an extreme extension of work she has been doing for decades.” augustareadthomas.com
Premiered on 22 July 2017 by Third Coast Percussion at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at Notre Dame University.