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Music dictionary in the stories. Letter To

BELL

Ends the Opera Glinka's Ivan Susanin". The people who gathered on red square, celebrates the victory over the poles. The famous chorus "glory" sounds solemn and powerful, and in the end it is joined by the bells. Thunders, he poured under the arches of the theatre hall.

M. I. Glinka. Chorus "glory" of the epilogue of the Opera "Ivan Susanin"

Do these bells? Of course, no. These bells, which previously hung in Church belfries, what you can see and hear in the movies or to present the famous Tsar bell in the Kremlin, it is impossible to place in the orchestra.

Orchestral bells is a small metal tube or plate hanging on the crossbar. They are made to sound by striking with a stick, covered with a skin (hence, bells - percussion instrument). Use them mainly in music for the theatre, where you want to portray a bell ringing - in "Ivan Susanin", in "Boris Godunov" by Mussorgsky, "the Tale of Tsar Saltan by Rimsky-Korsakov. And the sound turns out the real, because orchestral bells very accurately reproduce the sound of these bells.

Orchestral bells
Orchestral tubular bells foot-damping device

Bell joined the orchestra in the era of the French revolution. First used them in his works the composer Cherubini.


Music dictionary in stories
Printed materials of the eponymous book by L. Mikheeva (Moscow, "Soviet composer", 1984)

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