Jesse's Song: A Hymn of Peace, Duo for Carillon

A Composition  for 4-Octave Carillon  by Ennis Fruhauf
[8 pages of music, 8 ½ x 11  softbound edition]

Click on the image below to download a 12-page PDF booklet
Rev. August 2019



A Hymn of Peace is a carillon composition for two players, woven from two contrasting themes. It adheres loosely to a classical rondo structure, and its overall sectionalized anatomy can be plotted as:  Introduction—theme A—theme B—theme A—theme B—Theme A [hymn] + B—Introduction—and Coda [A'+B].  Jesse's Song unfolds eloquently as themes and their extensions, bridges and transitional interludes merge and modulate, only to reappear in refashioned formats and treatments.

The score is notated with a traditional great staff as commonly found in keyboard music, with Primo and Secondo parts shared between treble and bass clefs. By separating the two staves with a widened gap, there is space for players to chart and highlight their assigned parts wherever they cross from one staff to the other.  It is hoped that the informal do-it-yourself format will accomodate individual and combined performance preferences.

Regarding the tradition of dedications appearing in music scores, Jesse's Song takes its name from a dear feline friend of eleven years.  A Hymn of Peace is a prayer in music: its unique cultural medium draws on romantic carillon traditions and practices of the 19th and 20th centuries.

N.B. For a photo-portrait of Jesse, follow this bookmark [
] to Pixxelation Station's most recent PDF publication, Scenes & Views 2018-19; the picture is included at the conclusion of the presentation.