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Offline André Le Nôtre

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Music for chimes, bells, gongs, etc. ..
« on: June 25, 2021, 08:19:15 PM »
Whether avant-garde or not, I would like to hear your suggestions for compositions/recordings featuring these instruments. I have always been fascinated by these types of sounds (glass and ice instruments too). I have several sets of wind chimes and bells in my backyard--both in diatonic and pentatonic scales--and I find them beyond soothing and relaxing. I have become addicted to their sound--it just seems to massage my soul. (One time, I was tempted to buy a 600$ gong at Nepenthe in Big Sur, but I knew the resulting argument with my wife would not be soothing and relaxing.)  I also love gamelan orchestras and the like. I was going to include "metallophones" in my list above, but I don't want to hear suggestions for things like xylophone concertos by Dittersdorf or whoever.

A while ago, someone posted some very interesting pieces mimicking the sound of rain, played on some type of metallophone. I would like to hear more things like that.
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Re: Music for chimes, bells, gongs, etc. ..
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2021, 10:57:25 PM »
Strangely enough I listened to something which really impressed me last week which had long beautiful duets for bells and flute - Michael Finnissy’s Contretänze, on this CD

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Re: Music for chimes, bells, gongs, etc. ..
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2021, 10:59:59 PM »
Andrei Peterov's 'Russia of Bells', although an orchestral work, might be of interest:

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Re: Music for chimes, bells, gongs, etc. ..
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2021, 11:37:51 PM »
Hovhaness Music often features Bells, Chimes, etc.
Some Messiaen Music might fit the bill too... :)
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Re: Music for chimes, bells, gongs, etc. ..
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2021, 01:47:26 AM »
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Re: Music for chimes, bells, gongs, etc. ..
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2021, 02:27:41 AM »
I don't know if it holds any interest, but there is always the wide world of handbells as an option.

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Re: Music for chimes, bells, gongs, etc. ..
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2021, 02:49:05 AM »
I suggest this very sweet music...

Joël Grare (1961-) : Follow
Alpha (2003)
https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_nXfeeNlMQSSa3V3WwlSdja68e-2uX76SU

Follow, a campanologic suite in 5 movements for Chamonix bells :
"Joël Grare has created an instrument called "fan of the bells" : a chromatic keyboard of four registers from the round cow bells of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc produced by the Devouassoud bell factory, a creation that took him twenty years ..."



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Re: Music for chimes, bells, gongs, etc. ..
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2021, 04:04:41 AM »
I can only offer examples of these sounds within orchestral music.

Olivier Messiaen frequently calls for metallic percussion. His 1962 work Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum is for woodwinds, brass and a metallic percussion section including Almglocken, tubular bells, 3 tam-tams of differing size (dominant in the 4th mvt.) and tuned gongs.

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Re: Music for chimes, bells, gongs, etc. ..
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2021, 08:46:27 PM »
Thanks. I have just started listening to some of the suggestions here. The Joel Grare is fascinating and I am searching for the disc on eBay and other sellers (no luck on Amazon). From what I hear, it seems that it is possible to alter the pitch of some of these bells after they are struck, i.e., like the Japanese koto. I look forward to reading whatever liner notes accompany the disc. Will get to the other suggestions soon.

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Re: Music for chimes, bells, gongs, etc. ..
« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2021, 05:11:11 AM »
Japanese composer, Toshiro Mayuzumi, seemed to like bells.  His Nirvana Symphony has 3 sections called "Campanology."  It's on YT here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc7YwMLqXNE



This is not exactly chimes, bells and gongs, but Brian Slawson's Bach on Wood has interesting sounds.