… The sound of bells characterizes the European soundscape …

Around 800 AD, Europe experienced social reforms by Emperor Charlemagne. Bells and their sounds were given the task of ringing for order, structure and rules. Signals could be heard far and wide in times without competing noises. In the centuries that followed, bells took over important religious and profane functions. From ringing for morning prayers, ringing at midday, warning of fire, danger and storms until ringing for the dead.

"But the evening peal rang out, hovering over the fields, over the forest. It reminded us to put aside insignificant, earthly things and devote our time and thoughts to eternity," writes Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

The sound of bells has influenced composers and spiced up famous musical works. Mostly with low tones, as for example in Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker".


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