The Mist depicts the haunting tale of 'Restless Spirits and Ringing Bells', a story about the perilous mists surrounding the town of Dunwich caused by the restless spirits of dead sailors. The opening section of this piece sets the scene of the story, evoking images of the turbulent sea and the ghostly atmosphere surrounding the town. The theme of the mist is first heard in the euphonium solo before being displayed in its entirety as the band arrives at a tutti forte section. The music dies down to pianissimo before it enters a frantic vivace section which portrays the spirits as they rise up out of the waters, creeping on to land, making mischief and bringing tragedy in their wake. In the town of Dunwich it was discovered that a small bronze bell kept some nearby ruins of an abbey safe from the shrouding mist, after discovering this the townspeople decided to craft their own bells out of clay to ward off the mist and the evil spirits. The last section of the piece includes a chorale accompanied by the sound of many small bell chimes represented in the percussion to portray the peace that is brought to the town and the citizens when the bells are rung. Finally the music arrives at a fast paced vivace section where all musical material is combined to create an energetic finale.
Duration: 8:30 mins
The Mist (Brass Band) - Ben Hollings
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