For more than 50 years, first as an undergraduate student and then as university carillonneur, Sam Hammond would play the Duke Chapel carillon at 5 p.m. On Thursday, the evening of his death at age 73, the carillon played for him.
To honor his life and the value and meaning of his work to the university community, carillonneur Joey Fala played a series of pieces connected to Hammond's life and work. Some were favorite hymns, such as "The Church's One Foundation" and "O God Beyond All Praising." Others were works by J. S. Bach and Ronald Barnes, a friend of Hammond's who also was a noted carillonneur.
The recital can be heard below.
The concert attracted a small number of people wishing to remember a man who for more than half a century marked the end of the day on campus with his music.