The modern handbell ensemble, as a musical instrument, presents unique possibilities to composers. Much of the current handbell ensemble repertoire is intended for church or pedagogical use. However, this instrument features a dazzling array of extended techniques, a kinetic visual quality, and a vast range of pitches, dynamic possibilities, and textures. Therefore, composers should bring the handbell ensemble into the currents of the new music world, a culture that appreciates uniqueness in instruments.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Composition, Extended techniques, Handbell ensemble, Handbells, New music|
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