Riva’s Bells – The New York Second


Riva is a very small village in a remote region of Sicily, known for its perpetual ringing of its church bells. You can walk there from the neighboring village, 3 kilometers away, and as you get closer you first start to hear the tolling of the bell, and as you cross the hills and approach the village, the sound gets louder and clearer. Then, once you’ve passed the village, the sound recedes into the distance.

At least that is what I imagined after I wrote this tune revolving around the repetitive D-flat pattern on the piano. I don’t know if places like Riva exist.

But I sure hope so.


(picture By René Bongard, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=54109729)