Zum lauten
for symphony orchestra

Composition Date: 2003
Duration: 00:07:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Flute
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 4 x Horn
  • 3 x Trumpet
  • 3 x Trombone
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 2 x Percussion
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Full orchestra
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Programme Note:
'Zum Lauten' is German and it means 'to ring'; as in to ring a bell, or a peal of bells. The inspiration for this work began three summers ago, when my wife and I were in Europe visiting relatives in Switzerland and Germany. Our home base was near a small German town called Radolfzell on the shores of Der Bodensee or Lake Constance. As with many towns in Europe the central square also held a church, or in this case, a beautiful 17th century cathedral, complete with huge frescos and a magnificent bell tower. One day as my wife and I were walking in the central square, a peal began. It began with a single bell tolling, as if to announce the hour or some other mundane event. However, that bell was joned in a moment's time by another, lower voiced bell, pitched a major third apart. This was not too unusual, so we kept on walking and talking but ony listening with passing attention. However, in another moment's time, a third bell began tolling. This stopped me in my tracks, as not only was it the biggest and lowest in the cathedral's arsenal, but combined with the two other bells, suddenly became a very dark and dramatic minor triad and was completely unexpected. I stood still and just listened to the peal, as bell after bell was slowly added and the sound became more and more complex, yet never losing the sound and memory of the first three bells and their dark sonority. This simple but highly effective use of tonal misdirection became the basis for the opening of this work.
Throughout the work, I tried to capture how I had felt while listening to this unusual peal of bells. The awe, the mystery, the wonder, as I stood in this small town square where hundreds of years of history had transpired and countless peoples, among them perhaps my ancestors, had lived out their lives within hearing distance of those bells.
Arthur M. Bachmann, May 6, 2003


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1100 B124zum 2003
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • August 5, 2003
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (iii, 27 p.) ; 28 cm.
    30 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 121
    26 parts ([121] p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • For symphony orchestra.
    Instrumentation: 2(picc)222/4331/timp, percussion(2), harp/ strings.

    Commissioned by The Calgary Civic Symphony with the generous assistance of The Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

    Photocopy; master of score in CMC Toronto.
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