The Belford Waltz–solo
Commissioned by the American Composers Forum in honor of Elinor Watson Bell.
Elinor Watson Bell was one of the Twin Cities’ principal arts patrons, a fine pianist herself and a true music lover. In 1996 the American Composers Forum commissioned The Belford Waltz as a one-page piano solo. Elinor liked it so much that she hung it on the wall in her Wayzata home, which was named Belford. She also asked for a duet version to play with her son, Dr. Ford Bell, and even had placemats made with the score on them (so I was told)!
The first four notes of the waltz are E-B-E-LL, where L stands for La, the note A.
Belford has been orchestrated, as the opening number in Suite Populaire,