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William H. Reynolds Memorial Carillon Duet Recital

Saturday, March 6, 2010, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

David Christensen, UCR Carillonneur
Gary Barnett, guest carillonneur

A duet recital in memory of former Department of Music Chair, William H. Reynolds, with music from Ecuador and an original composition by UCR student composer John Yamashiro

1. Two Selections
  Minuet from
    Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
  La Ci Darem La Mano
    from Don Giovanni
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arr. William De Turk
2. Three Country Dances
Ronald Barnes
3. Yaravís from Ecuador
  Los Pastores
  El Llanto
  La Parranda
  Amor Mio
  El San Juanito
Arr. David Christensen
4. Toccata in d minor
Johann Ernst Eberlin
Arr. David Christensen
5. Andante
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Arr. David Christensen
6. From Whence Comes
  This Host of Angels

Léon Roques
Arr. David Christensen
7. Theme from Chrono Trigger
  (Chrono and Marle)
Yasunori Mitsuda
Arr. John Yamashiro
8. Two Movie Themes
  Singing in the Rain
Arr. David Christensen
Ray Parker, Jr.
Nacio Herb Brown

David Christensen is currently University Carillonneur at the University of California, Riverside. He has served in this position for 22 years, and is also Instructor of Organ at the University. He performs weekly carillon recitals on campus, and has also performed at venues throughout the United States and Canada including the University of Michigan, University of Toronto, Princeton University, Longwood Gardens, and St. John's Cathedral in Spokane. During the summer of 2007 he appeared on the organ recital series of St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco, and in 2008 performed on the organ recital series of Trinity Episcopal Church in Reno, Nevada.

As a church musician, Mr. Christensen was organist at the First Methodist Church of Riverside for seven years; Director of Music at the First Congregational Church of Riverside for fourteen years, and is currently Organist and Director of Music at Eden Lutheran Church, Riverside. He is also the Wednesday evening organist at the First Church of Christ Scientist of Riverside.

Mr. Christensen's arrangement of For the Beauty of the Earth for handbells is published by SoundForth of Greenville, South Carolina, and his arrangment of John Stanley's Voluntary in D Major is published by the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. A carillon duet arrangement was published by the Guild of Carillonneurs in 2009.

About the UCR Carillon:
A carillon is a musical instrument consisting of 23 or more cast bronze cup-shaped bells, arranged chromatically and precisely tuned so that several bells can be sounded harmoniously together. The bells are sounded by striking a series of wooden levers with the side of the hand or fingers and with the feet. The bell strikes on the hour are the only automatic playing of the carillon.

The first carillon in the United States was installed in 1856 at Notre Dame University. Other carillons in California are on the Stanford University campus, at the Universities of California in Santa Barbara and Berkeley, and at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove. The UC Riverside carillon was provided by a contribution from UC Regent Phillip L. Boyd and his wife, Dorothy Marmon Boyd, in 1966, which enabled the school to purchase the 48-bell, thirty-thousand pound carillon and build a tower to house it. The carillon was ordered from the Les Fils de Georges Paccard in Annecy-le-Vieux, France. The largest bell in Europe, the 20-ton La Savoyarde at the Basilica of Sacra Coeur, Montmarte, was also cast by the Paccard foundry.

Our unique musical instrument had to be provided with an equally unique case, which entailed an authorized competition among seven architectural firms. The winning design, submitted by the Los Angeles firm of A. Quincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons, was built by the Brezina Construction Company of Pomona. The carillon bells were raised into the nearly completed tower on June 24, 1966, with an audience of 500 people and nearly as many cameras.