The Bells, Op.35 (Rachmaninoff, Sergei)

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Arranger Aleksandr Goldenweiser (1875-1961), piano reduction
Language Russian / German / English
Translator Berthold Feiwel (1875-1937), German text
Fanny Susan Copeland (1872-1970), English text*
Publisher. Info. Moscow: A. Gutheil, 1920. Plate A. 9719 G.
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Work Title The Bells
Alternative. Title Колокола (Kolokola), poem for chorus, voices and orchestra
Composer Rachmaninoff, Sergei
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.35
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4 sections
  1. «Слышишь, сани мчатся в ряд» (Slyshish', sani mchastya v ryad). Allegro ma non tanto
  2. «Слышишь, к свадьбе зов святой» (Slyshish', k svad'be zov svyatoy). Lento
  3. «Слышишь, воющий набат» (Slyshish', voyushchiy nabat). Presto
  4. «Похоронный слышен звон» (Pokhoronny slyshen zvon). Lento lugubre
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1913
First Performance. 1914-02-08 in Moscow
Soli, chorus and orchestra; Sergei Rachmaninoff (conductor)
First Publication. 1920
Librettist Konstantin Balmont (1867–1942), after Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849)
Language Russian
Dedication Willem Mengelberg (1871–1951) and the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam
Average DurationAvg. Duration 37 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Voices, chorus, orchestra
Voices
Soprano, Tenor, Baritone
Mixed Chorus (SATB)
Orchestra
piccolo, 3 flutes, 3 oboes, English horn, 3 clarinets (B),
bass clarinet (B), 3 bassoons, contrabassoon
6 horns (F), 3 trumpets (B), 3 trombones, tuba
timpani, triangle, tambourine, side drum, cymbals,
glockenspiel, celesta, harp, piano, strings
External Links Wikipedia article
The Lied, Art Song, and Choral Texts Archive
ASO notes
The Bells - scores at Sheet Music Plus
Original poem by Edgar Allan Poe

Misc. Comments


Vocal Music by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Operas
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  • Monna Vanna (1906–08, incomplete)
Solo Songs and Romances
Choral