Friday, September 30, 2011

Russian Bells, the toll will be tremendous!

In the Russian Orthodox Church bells are seen as singing icons that have the power to banish evil. Some of these bells were huge, the doomed Tsar-Kolokol bell weighed in at 180 tons!

With this preponderance of bells in Russian society it is not surprising bell sounds and the pealing of same show up in Russian music. On the Piano this Sunday the first part of an exploration of these bell themes starting with some Western examples and then moving on to composers like Anton Rubinstein, Sergai Liapunov and moving on to familiar music by Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. The program ends with Alexander Scriabin's "Holy Bells" that are part and parcel of his Piano Sonata No. 7.

Bells, Holy and otherwise, heard on the Piano this Sunday afternoon at 5 on KPAC and KTXI.

host, Randy Anderson

No comments: