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Author Rombouts, Luc, author.

Title Singing bronze : a history of carillon music / Luc Rombouts.

Publication Info. Leuven : Lipsius Leuven, [2014]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    786.6409 ROM    Available
Description 368 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-349) and index.
Summary The carillon, the world's largest musical instrument, originated in the 16th century when inhabitants of the Low Countries started to produce music on bells in church and city towers. Today, carillon music still fills the soundscape of cities in Belgium and the Netherlands. Since the First World War, carillon music has become popular in the United States, where it adds a spiritual dimension to public parks and university campuses. This book opens up the fascinating world of the carillon to the reader. It tells the great stories of European and American carillon history: the quest for the perfect musical bell, the fate of carillons in times of revolt and war, the role of patrons such as John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Herbert Hoover in the development of American carillon culture, and the battle between singing bronze and carillon electronics. Richly illustrated with original photographs and etchings, this book tells how people developed, played, and enjoyed bell music.
Original Version Originally published in Dutch: Leuven, Belgium : Davidsfonds, c2010, under title: Zingend brons : 500 jaar beiaardmuziek in de lage landen en de nieuwe wereld. 9789058267207
Contents Introduction; PART ONE -- BELL CULTURES IN ANTIQUITY AND THE MIDDLE AGES; CHAPTER 1 -- The magic of old bells; CHAPTER 2 -- The time of God; CHAPTER 3 -- The time of man; CHAPTER 4 -- The bondage of time; PART TWO -- THE OLD CARILLON ART; CHAPTER 5 -- A new musical instrument; CHAPTER 6 -- Carillon music in a divided land; CHAPTER 7 -- Pure bells; CHAPTER 8 -- Carillon music at the court; CHAPTER 9 -- The Bach of the carillon; CHAPTER 10 -- Panorama of the old carillon art; PART THREE -- THE NEW CARILLON ART; CHAPTER 11 -- National Carillon; CHAPTER 12 -- The carillon as romantic symbol.
CHAPTER 13 -- In search of the sound of the pastCHAPTER 14 -- A soul in peace, among the stars; CHAPTER 15 -- The broken bells of Flanders; CHAPTER 16 -- Memorial bells; CHAPTER 17 -- New carillon construction in the Old Country; CHAPTER 18 -- 'The bells fight with us'; CHAPTER 19 -- Dutch manufacture versus Carillon Americana; CHAPTER 20 -- Innovations in the Old and the New World; CHAPTER 21 -- Panorama of the new carillon art; Sources and acknowledgements; Notes; Bibliography; Origin of the illustrations; Indices.
Subject Carillons -- History.
Bells -- History.
Carillon music -- History and criticism.
Added Title Zingend brons. English
ISBN 9789058679567
Standard No. 99961088996

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