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Ringing Bells in Malta
Contributor(s): Henry, Otto (Author)

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ISBN: 1524546003     ISBN-13: 9781524546007
Publisher: Xlibris
OUR PRICE: $18.99  

Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2016
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BISAC Categories:
- Music | History & Criticism - General
- Biography & Autobiography | Literary Figures
Physical Information: 0.52" H x 5.98" W x 9.02" (0.75 lbs) 228 pages
Review Citations: BlueInk Review 07/03/2017
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Publisher Description:

A musical scholar is challenged to find and explore an area different from
his colleagues.

During the summer of 1972, Dr. Otto Henry, a musicologist in his third
year at East Carolina University, accepts an invitation on the spur of the moment,
to accompany some old anthropologist friends from Tulane University, to the
amazing little Mediterranean island of Malta. His friends have just completed
a definitive study of Maltese folk music. However, he is encouraged to find an
area of his own. And to stay out of the library

After a few false starts, Henry accidently discovers the significance of the
ubiquitous church bells that ring from their stone towers all day long and part
of the night. Bells that celebrate the time of day, the season, religious services and occasions; bells that, with their individual tones, rhythms and colors, musically
mark off and enhance the times, the days and the seasons of Maltese life.

And then, as it turns out, their passing. Henry's daily field notes capture
the wonder and majesty of these huge bronze implements, some of which have
been melted and re-cast as cannons and then back into bells.

Then there are those who ring the bells, a special lot, sometimes a little apart
and distant from ordinary folk, but people who are always glad to help explain
their lives and duties to a strange inglese with a beard.

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