Friday, January 1, 2010

Ring in the new

"Change ringing is the art of ringing a set of tuned bells in a series of mathematical patterns called 'changes'. It differs from many other forms of campanology (such as carillon ringing) in that no attempt is made to produce a conventional melody."
(More in the Wiki article)

I have only heard change ringing at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney.
The bells in this photo here hang in Jerusalem's Augusta Victoria bell tower on the Mount of Olives. I think these German bells are not rigged for change ringing, which is more of an old English tradition.
A video of change ringers in action, pulling the ropes which turn the big bells 360 degrees, is here.
City Daily Photo bloggers are sharing their ideas about changes for our Theme Day today.
Click here to view thumbnails for all participants
The civil new year day is not a holiday in the Jewish State but we wish all who are celebrating a happy new year.
Ring Out the Old, Ring In the New
(from "In Memoriam") by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (England 1809-1892)

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow;
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
. . .
(To see the last verse or to hear the music, see


Lucy Corrander said...

Happy New Year from England. Ours began with Church bells, fireworks and ships' sirens. (Of the three, I like the third best.)

May 2010 be a good one. I think you need special wishes in your part of the world - and I send them.


Dirkjogt said...

Nice and interesting post. Happy New Year from Belgium.

Rob and Mandy said...

Happy new year, dear Dina! And happy old year as well, whatever is left of 5770!

Hilda said...

A very appropriate poem for today. And you've got me intrigued about change ringing so I have the video loading in the background now. We only have a carillon in our university church.

Even if you don't celebrate New Year's Day there, I wish you a happy 2010!

Jilly said...

Good for you finding bells. It was my first thought with the word Changes but I didn't know where to find any to photograph. A lovely photo too. Wish you a very happy new year - health, happiness, peace to you, Dina.

RuneE said...

I have never heard Change ringing as far as I know - but the name will alway remind me of a novel by Dorothy Sayers called "Off with his hands". Among other things, it gives full instructions for Change ringing.

Happy New Year!

Maria said...

Happy New Year from Vienna, Dina! In Vienna, a very big dark sounding bell at St. Stephen's Cathedral, the PUMMERIN, rings in the New Year!

Dina said...

Maria, thanks for alerting me to your Pummerin bell. (I love it, bells having names!) What a fascinating story!! Especially about the first one, the OLD Pummerin:
"The Old Pummerin was originally cast in 1705 from 208 of the 300 cannon captured from the Muslim invaders in the Second Turkish Siege of Vienna." A shame that it met its end tragically in later war time.
The new one looks great too.

Dina said...

Maria, I just listened to the Pummerin on YouTube. Even on video, its voice went right through me, squeezing the old heart!
The crowd below in the street was right in applauding it.

Dina said...

RuneE, Off with his hands?! Oi veh, I hope that is not an occupational hazard among change ringers. ;)

Jilly, thank you and same to you. Yes, fortunately Augusta Victoria has a spacious bell tower and we were able to walk up without claustrophobia. Not like at St. Mary's in Sydney, where the narrow spiral staircase, some 15 visitors, and a stifling hot day, made me turn back in escape mode after a brief attempt.

Hilda, did you like the sound? I find change ringing very chaotic and nerve-wracking.

Shalom Rob and Mandy. Ha, good one! It is a long way until next September's new year.

Dirkjogt, thanks! Happy 2010 to you in Belgium.

Hi Lucy, I think you are quite right. Thanks for your special wishes to the Mideast.
Your New Year's starts with ship sirens! How exciting!

Maria said...

Dina, thank you for your info on our good old PUMMERIN! It's really breathtaking when you listen to this big bell when it is sounding high above you!
t would be so nice to see you in Vienna once!
I'm just watching the New Year's Concert and they show impressions of the river Danube! There are so many places I would love go to!

B SQUARED said...

Here's wishing you Peace for the coming year and for a thousand thereafter.

Reader Wil said...

Again a very interesting new concept! I 've never heard of the word change ringing, but I know now how it sounds. Once in London a friend and I were having tea not far from St. Paul's, when suddenly the bells of St. Paul's were ringing. It was such an impressive sound and I shall always that moment.
The poem is great. It says all that needed to be said.
This sentence comes always to my mind every year at New Year's Eve:"Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more".

Vogon Poet said...

Happy (our) New Year, Dina. Everything is quiet here once in a year, after a night of follies, mostly under the rain.
Change ringing is practically unknown and I was amazed the first time I discovered it.

moneythoughts said...

Love the shot of the bells and enjoyed the commentary too. I guess there is nothing wrong with celebrating the new year twice, so may this next 365 be better than the last for you and everyone living in Israel.

Catherine said...

Happy New Year dear Dina.
Continue to share, share with so many intersting informations the life around you. It's a Daily pleasure.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I have never heard of Change Ringing before.

Have a great New Year Dina!

Pat said...

Great shot of the bells. I like the thoughts expressed in the poem, too. Happy New Year to you from cold northern California.

Merisi said...

May your days be filled with peace and happiness!

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

I have found some nice photos from 2007 and 2008 that I would like to use in my blogs but last night was a bad night for me and I didn't get much rest. Most of the time I had one coughing fit after another. I thought I would try to just say, "thanks" to those who stopped today. I appreciate the comments, visits and prayers. I hope things will get back to normal soon.

Halcyon said...

Beautiful post! Hope 2010 brings you great things!

Pietro said...

Happy New Year, Dina!
Very interesting post and picture: it reminds me of the lovely and harmonious bells songs in the church of Santa Margherita Ligure.

Turquoise Diaries said...

Happy new year Dina, It was such a big treat to follow you and your blog last year. I hope more will come this year. Have a wonderful year.

Louis la Vache said...

Best wishes to you this New Year, Dina!

Jew Wishes said...

I hope that 2010 is a wonderful year for you, Dina.

The best of wishes to you.

Petrea said...

I haven't read that poem in a long time. It surely "rings" true today. Happy New Year, Dina.

In Three Rivers, Michigan said...

I had never hear the term "change ringing" before, another tiny pothole in my education has been asphalted in, thanks. A very nice bell set and it is too bad they aren't ringing, but Happy New Year anyway to you.

Three Rivers Daily Photo

Anonymous said...

You always have such interesting posts, Dina - it's always a treat visiting your blog. Thank you for providing us with great information and photos!
Happy New Year from Saudi Arabia!

Julie said...

very interesting post. and a great choice for theme day. Your site is always informative and has great images. thanks. Happy New Year and I wish you many photographic opportunities in 2010.

Leif Hagen said...

I hope 2010 will ring a new song of CHANGE, of peace!

Eki said...

That's something new to me. I didn't know the patterns of bell ringing have names. Thinking of it, it's very sensible.

Kay said...

I'm ringing in a lot of love for you, Dina!

JM said...

Great interpretation of the theme!

IamMBB said...

Nice way to represent change while also providing us with some interesting facts.