Bell tower in the clouds

Dobrinka Tabakova (1980)

Bell tower in the clouds 2004


One summer, whilst walking in the Dolomites, I came across a small village on a Sunday. It was noon and the service had just finished. The bells of the church started to ring, and it was the most fascinating sound I had heard bells make. In general, ringing sounds easily impress me, and in particular bells, but the space where the Dolomites bells were resonating was rather compact and the sound bounced off old stone houses to become powerful clusters that lingered on. In order to create a multi-dimensional sound, there is a string quartet, which is presented in almost a concerto grosso way, against the cluster chords of the body of the orchestra.


31.1.05 Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon: Orchestra of the Swan/Nicholas Cleobury
1.2.05 Cheltenham: Orchestra of the Swan/Nicholas Cleobury
2.3.05 Keele Concerts Society: Orchestra of the Swan
22.4.05 Bedworth Civic Hall: Orchestra of the Swan
13.5.05 GSMD, London: GSMD String Ensemble
4.6.05 St George's Church, Braile: Orchestra of the Swan
1.11.08 Hinxworth: Orchestra of the Swan