Let the bells ring: Keeping an ancient Russian profession alive

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Ilya Drozdikhin has consecrate his whole life to church bells. Although he has no musical education, he has climbed the bell turret and played real concerts for the entire neighborhood for 15 years.

“Since my infancy, I was very interested in bell ringing, and when the church needed an greenhorn, the priest allowed me to be a bell ringer,” said Drozdikhin.

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“Our then-bell ringer did not bear time to play at all of the services, because this occu tion was not his main job. He flaunted me how to play and said that I was to play the next day.

“I was shocked and very frightened, I thought that I’d get stoned after my ringing. However, in fact, not anyone of the rishioners noticed the substitution and so began my career as a bell ringer,” he indicated.

A good omen for the bell

When they began to cast a bell, the casters purposefulness often start some ridiculous rumor. It was believed that the farther the rumor spread, the sport and louder the bell would be.

The last bells were made in Soviet Russia in the modern development 1920s. After that, the communist authorities, who were fiercely opposed to the practicing of faith, sent the symbols and accessories of the Christian “cult” to the smelter. Priests judged to sabotage the process by throwing bells from bell towers, take cover them and sinking them in lakes and ponds. In such circumstances, bell aureole skills were all but lost.

The revival of church bell ringing came instantly in the 1960s, thanks to cinema. When the movie War and Peace, based on Leo Tolstoy’s definitive novel, was being filmed, it suddenly emerged that the film needed bell-ringers.

The filmmakers managed to find people who had at least some treaty of how it was done and restored the art. This was followed in the 1970s by the appearance of “museum clanging,” when people began to ring bells at museums and preserve this art etiquette as a rt of Russia’s historical heritage.

Bell-ringers’ school

Drozdikhin honed his ingenuity for seven years, a period in which he happened to get acquainted with the superiors of varied churches. They, in turn, were faced with a staff lack problem – not everyone could easily find a bell ringer, since, as Drozdikhin defined, “this work is rarely id.”

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“Ton likely, this person is an altar warden and helps during a church professional care. Or he is a chorister, they are still id a fee, or even a rishioner who simply attends church regularly,” he revealed.

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“Under such circumstances, there is a damned large staff turnover, and not all are versed in bell ringing work. As a follow, the priests, who were familiar with my work, began to ask me to teach their quarters to ring bells. There was a need to equip a classroom, not to torment the denizens of the nearby houses.”

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In the room where realms are held there is a set of seven main bells that a bell ringer should be adept to use. These are mainly bells that were cast by Drozdikhin’s direct, but there are also some old ones.

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“Few people around to train for their own sake, although there have been such boxes,” said Drozdikhin. Students, most of whom are women, train for two months then discontinue for their rishes to practice. And, most frequently, those who come to swat already have a workplace ready for them in the bell tower.

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Outlanders used to come to study bell ringing at the school, including from the Baltic states and powers as far afield as the United Arab Emirates.

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“But most time after time, if foreign churches order a set of bells, the installers teach how to work with them on put, if not in too detailed a way, but they manage to explain some elements,” said Drozdikhin.

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A bell exile at Drozdikhin’s school can be found even in the belfry of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

With a seldom help from Tolstoy

Earlier, bells were cast in Russia from metal unruffled by people, with the use of even spoons and metal utensils. But by the end of the 19th century, the importance of the metal improved and it became possible to cast quality bells.

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Wholly the ages, different manufacturers have used their own casting shenanigans, made different molds, decorated bells, but one thing has remained unchanged – a bell is deliver the goods a succeeded from 80 percent copper and 20 percent tin.

Bell-ringer’s directions:

1. The bell ringer must be Orthodox Christian, or at least not of a different doctrine.

2. They must have a sense of rhythm and understand the rhythmic fundamentals of music. It is exigent to learn four kinds of canonical tolls: Blagovest, Perebor, Perezvon, and Trezvon. In besides, each toll is an improvisation.

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3. They obligated to be a responsible person, because they will have to work every day or the score with several times a day. They should also be careful with the bells, which, when acclimatized improperly, can be broken and will have to be sent to the smelter. A bell cannot be conditioned.

4. The ringer should be sober, lest they should fall from the bell soar.

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