Monday, April 23, 2012

Libertango - the Handbell Version

We have reviewed the big bell version of Libertango in this blog and now it is time to add the little bell version to our growing collection of Libertango in unexpected arrangements.  The musicians in the video are appearing at an international contest for young carilloneurs at the Royal Carillon School "Jef Denyn" in Mechelen, Belgium.  The arrangement is by Elena Sadina who can be seen leading the handbell choir in the video.

It is a slight stretch to call this the "little bell" version because the young gentleman, named Tim, at the top of the video, who at first glance might be thought to be playing the piano, is playing the big bells - or at least a small version of the big bells.  He is playing a "traveling carillon" which can be dissembled and moved to any concert venue - you can see the cabinet of bells behind the handbell players.  I don't know how Tim finished in the contest but to my ears, his playing of the carillon was excellent as was the playing of the "little bells."

Ms. Sadina is to be congratulated for a wonderful arrangement and an excellent job in leading the group.

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Note added on 24 April, 2012: Thanks to the comment posted below, I was able to correct the identification of the carillon (I originally called it a practice carillon) and to provide the name of the young man playing the carillon.  You can see Tim playing Libertango a week before the competition on a real practice carillon in Mafra, Portugal in this video.

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  1. The young gentleman at the top can also be seen here;
    It's recorded in the palace of Mafra, Portugal a week before the video above.
    There, in Mafra, he is playing at a real practise carillon.
    We, carillon students and some parents, visited the palace and saw the practise carillon, and "the young gentleman" played "Libertango" from memory, hence the pauses.
    And by the way; the carillon on the video above is not a practise carillon, it's a travelling (movable) carillon. see;
    And yes, it was a good performance, from the whole group.

  2. A great piece, thank you for sharing. Seeing videos like this really does remind me why i love the art of hand bell ringing so much.