Judith Bailey: The Towers of San Gimignano Op.51
This work was composed following a visit to Tuscany in 1993.
There are three sections:
1. The Towers of San Gimignano
There are fourteen of them, built in rivalry by warlike nobles in Mediæval times. As one approaches the hill-top city of San Gimignano the towers stand majestically silhouetted against the skyline.
Delicate lines and rich colours traced upon an old stone wall in an unexpected corner.
A sunny square thronging with people. A man is singing - it echoes through the arches and towers beyond. The free three-notes repeated motif was made by bells heard on Easter Sunday morning. Bells are never far away in Italy.