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Sound the Bells!

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Noted film composer John Williams wrote this fanfare for a series of concerts in a 1993 tour of Japan with the Boston Pops Orchestra. He felt it was a good opportunity to celebrate the joy of the wedding of Crown Prince Naruhito and Masako Owada, which occurred close to the time of the tour. Williams commented that he had always been fascinated by the huge Japanese temple bells, and they "were a kind of inspiration for the prominent use of percussion" in this work. --James Huff 23:15, March 25, 2007 (EDT) (from the program notes of The Claremont Winds, submitted with permission)

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