Twice Twain Ten for Two

On September 22, 2019, current and former carillon students along with Laura Ellis performed a concert commemorating the 40th anniversary of the installation of the Century Tower carillon.

From the event program:

Willis Bodine, UF Professor of Music (1959-2003) & University of Florida University Organist and Carillonneur, emeritus, composed “Twice Twain Ten for Two: A celebratory toccata-duet for the 40th anniversary of the Century Tower Carillon 1979-2019”. The composer’s prefatory notes to the work outline multiple references to the number 40, including:“twain ten” (the early Anglo-Saxonversion of “twenty”) is doubled by “twice” to make 40; several musical themes are drawn from the 1570 motet Spem in allum for 40 voices written by Thomas Tallis (c1505-1585); the work employs a 5/8 time signature; and, the total number of fingers and toes used by the two performers number 40.

Watch the piece performed by Laura Ellis and two students: Kiko Labayen and John Kemmerer, broadcast on Facebook Live.

[Read story about the event in The Gainesville Sun]

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