SSAA choir, piano (with optional handbells) - Difficult
Composed by Joan Szymko (1957-). Choral octavo only. Instrumental accompaniment/score sold separately (SBMP-615.1). Concert. Octavo. Santa Barbara Music Publishing #SBMP615. Published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing (SB.SBMP-615).
Item Number: SB.SBMP-615
The text consists of Virtutes, literally, "moral virtues," the name given to the short statements inscribed (primarily in Latin) on church tower bells in medieval times. Bells rang outward, chasing away the evil spirits that were believed to hover over the rooftops, and upward, as prayers to the heavens. Not only were church bells rung to ward off evil spirits, but to protect the faithful from storms, fires, human enemies and disease.
The handbell part is available as a free download from the publisher.