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Bells in the High Tower

Church of Szinye (Svinia), from Kronprinzenwerk (1898)

A beloved Hungarian carol with new English lyrics
Hungarian carol / Howard Box

The beloved Hungarian carol "Krisztus Urunknak," is paired with new English lyrics by Howard Box and a colorful, resounding piano part.  A poignant reminder that winter’s long darkness is a necessary step toward renewal.

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Bells in the High Tower

Lyrics by Howard Box

Bells in the high tower, ringing o'er the white hills,
Mocking the winter, singing like the spring rills;
Bells in the high tower, in the cold foretelling
Spring's green upwelling.

Bells in the old tower, bright as morning chatter
From darting songbirds, summerlong they gather;
Bells in the old tower, now the wine is brimming,
New life beginning.

Bells in the stone tower, echoing the soft sound
Of autumn's mill wheel, as the wheat is spun round;
Bells in the stone tower, see, the bread is yeasting
For time of feasting.

Bells in the cold tower, 'midst the snow of winter
Sound out the spring song that we may remember;
Bells in the cold tower, after bitter snowing
Come months of growing.

Reviews and Responses: 

"Bells in the High Tower" is a wonderful example of an accessible choral arrangement made extraordinary by an absolutely delicate and ethereal piano accompaniment.  That makes it an entirely different "level" of anthem quality. Fantastic!"  Ruth Palmer, Director of Music, Unity Church-Unitarian (St. Paul, MN)


Choir of Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists / Jamie Bartlett (Williamsburg, VA)   * Premiere

Chalice Singers of First Unitarian Universalist Church / Glen Thomas Rideout (Ann Arbor, MI)

Choir of Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis / Nancy Lower (Davis, CA)

Choir of Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring / Michael Holmes (Silver Spring, MD)

Choir of Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, IL / Cynthia Spiegel (Geneva, IL)

Minnesota Center Chorale / J Michele Edwards ~ Saint Johns University (Collegeville, MN)

Saginaw Choral Society / Glen Thomas Rideout (Saginaw, MI)

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