The Bell Witch Dances

Composed by Conni Ellisor
Length: 6:00
Instrumentation: 3231-4431, timp, perc, str
Theme: Americana
Category: Pops, Youth Orchestra
Ensemble: Full Orchestra

Popular musical styles from 19th century Tennessee, including Appalachian bluegrass, Celtic, Irish and Scottish folk music, are melded together to tell the story of America’s best-documented ghost story, written for the Nashville Ballet.

Notes from the composer:

The most famous and well-documented ghost story in US history, the Bell Witch, lived in north Tennessee and began terrorizing everyone from town folks to Andrew Jackson around 1812.  I wrote a ballet about her, and this is the series of dances that occurred in the ballet after an important wedding.  Influences are accurate for the time: blues, Cajun, Irish, and bluegrass.