Known, Held, Led (5-6 Octaves, Level 4+)

Known, Held, Led (5-6 Octaves, Level 4+)


Composer David R. Kent has written this beautiful composition for 5-6 octaves of handbells, rated a Level 4+. Subtitled "Reflections on Psalm 139," this original work references the hymn "It Is Well."

The recording was performed by the Raleigh Ringers under the direction of Dave Harris.

Below are some of David's notes regarding the piece:

When I was asked to create a piece in Carol’s memory, the first thing that came to mind was the story behind “It Is Well With My Soul.” That beloved hymn so appropriately expresses the faith I saw lived out in Carol’s life. I didn’t, however, just want to arrange the hymn but thought I would state its theme within an original work.

When I learned that one of the family’s favorite scripture passages is Psalm 139, I decided to use that theologically rich Psalm as my inspiration. It begins with the very intimate expression, born out of relationship, “You have searched me and know me, . . . You are familiar with all my ways.” (God’s Omniscience). The Psalm ends with a similar intimate invitation from the Psalmist, “Search me, God and know my heart, test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way on me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
I wanted to begin the piece with the foreshadowing of the familiar “It is Well” motive. As I began to try and create an intimate mood to represent the “You have searched me. . .” portion of the Psalm I chose to use a harmonic progression I discovered .... It was soon evident that the piece was going to be more motivic than melodic in approach.

My desire at the end of the piece is to have all hearts, hands and eyes focused up - contemplating being led by our Lord in the way everlasting as the final “It is well” is stated. I would like the final chord to decay naturally reflecting “the way everlasting.”

My Prayer is that the Spirit of God will work in the heart of every ringer and director as they prepare and perform this piece as He did in mine as I wrote it.


David R. Kent

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