The Leeds Bells

Gavin Bryars

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Format: CD

Cat No: BCGBCD32

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Release Date:  31 May 2024

Label:  GB Records

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  5052442026020

Genres:  Classical  Contemporary Classical  

  • Description

    This album consists of seven original pieces composed for the bells of Leeds Minster and recorded from the live performance as part of Leeds Fuse in April 2009. "Like many people in England, I grew up with the sound of church bells, whether on Sundays or on practice days. The village where I now live has an active bell-ringing team, though at 8 bells they are fewer in number and smaller in scale than those at Leeds Minster (13 bells). I was aware that if I were to compose new pieces within the tradition of complex mathematical sets, they would be indistinguishable from existing ones, except to specialists.

    The various systems of change ringing were attractive to several experimental musicians in the early 1970's providing, as they do, a pre-existing source of systemic change and repetition, one of the ingredients of music of that time. But here I used techniques that change ringing seeks to avoid such as sounding more than one bell at once; using clusters including all the bells at once; writing harmonically, or with melodies and accompaniment." - Gavin Bryars

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Leeds Bells 1 (outside)
      • 2. Leeds Bells 2 (outside)
      • 3. Leeds Bells 3 (in tower)
      • 4. Leeds Bells 4 (in tower)
      • 5. Leeds Bells 5
      • 6. Leeds Bells 6
      • 7. Leeds Bells 7