Day of the Dead
for narrator, mixed chorus (SATB), handbells and drum by Wally Kleucker

(Version for narrator, mixed chorus, flute, piano and drum is also available)

The text comes from a poem by Henry Berne.

The drum's "heartbeat" rhythm begins the piece and continues with the narrator's words:

"The shadow of death dances beside us.... On Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, we hold the memories of the ones we loved close to our hearts, where they belong. Memories and moments.."

Then the handbells and finally the chorus echo the narrator's words.

The entire piece is just under 5 minutes.

To VIEW the score, click here.

This is only meant as a sample, not to be used for performance. To get copies, please email me at:

kleucker5@aol.com

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