By Zachary Collier
“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” is a poem written on Christmas Day in 1863 by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, one of my favorite poets of all time. The poem was written shortly after the death of his wife and after hearing news that his son had been severely wounded in battle. John Baptiste Calkin, an organist, is the one who first set the poem to music. He did so in 1872.
The screenplay was written by Michael Biancardi and the video was directed by Brandon Porter. Biancardi is also the composer/arranger of the music, which is adapted from the melody written by John Baptiste Calkin. I hope that this piece is circulated and performed widely by string ensembles around the nation. It is sure to stir the soul and help us contemplate the reason for the season and the hope we should find in Christ.
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