Every town and nearly every church in Russia has its own bell ringing style — a distinctive pattern produced by a ringing master who rings the row of bells by moving the internal stringed hammers. Ringing patterns travel through the ages representing the local identity for the whole community, both religious and secular. ▒ Fullscreen ▒ If the map players won’t work, click here Zoom in for more details This map is based on the sounds from the Preobrazhenie festival. More on that An important note: these are not the actual on-location church bell recordings. The sounds in this map were recorded at the Preobrazheniye festival in Yaroslavl in 2016. Each year the festival features a line-up of monastery and church ringers from Russia’s regions, performing accordingly to their own regional or church manner.
Bell ringing map features patterns inherent to the following towns and villages of Russia: Arkhangelsk, Vologda, Kazan, Kalyazin, Nekrasovskoe, Novosibirsk, Pechory, Pokrov, Rostov Veliky, Rybinsk, Sergiyev Posad, Suzdal, Yaroslavl..
Vologda. St. Sophia Cathedral (1568) https://www.oontz.ru/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/01-05-vologda.mp3 Performed by Grigory Pavlov, Oleg Timofeev. Image: commons.wikimedia.org Back to the map Novosibirsk. Holy Martyr Tsar Nikolay parish (1989) https://www.oontz.ru/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/01-02-novosibirsk.mp3 Performed by Natalia Kochina. Image: tsar-nikolay.ru Back to the map Pokrov village. Shelter of Our Most Holy Lady (1794) https://www.oontz.ru/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/01-03-pokrov.mp3 Performed by Alexey D’yachenko, Alexander Mikhailov, Sergei Polyansky, Igor Medvedev Image: vk.com/hrampokrov Back to the map Yaroslavl. St. Leontius Church (1608) https://www.oontz.ru/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/02-11-yaroslavl.mp3 Performed by Nikolay Samarin. Photo courtesy Ilya Beskhlebny, ilyabim.ru Back to the map Suzdal. Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos (ca. 1650) https://www.oontz.ru/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/02-12-suzdal.mp3 Performed by Valery Garanin. Image: commons.wikimedia.org Back to the map Pechory. Pskov-Caves monastery (1473) https://www.oontz.ru/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/02-15-pechory.mp3 Performed by Vladimir Degtyaryov (Yaroslavl), Natalia Khol’shina (Novosibirsk) Image: commons.wikimedia.org Back to the map Arkhangelsk. Chiming bells https://www.oontz.ru/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/02-16-arkhangelsk.mp3 Performed by Anna Tropina. Image: flickr.com/photos/akozlov Back to the map Kazan. Kizichesky monastery (1687) https://www.oontz.ru/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/02-17-kazan.mp3 Performed by Dmitry Pan’kin, Elisey Pan’kin, Afanasy Pan’kin Image: commons.wikimedia.org Back to the map Yaroslavl. Church of Nikita the Martyr (16th century) https://www.oontz.ru/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/02-18-yaroslavl.mp3 Performed by Andrey Bukin, Vassily Vakatov. Image: fotoyar.ru Back to the map Suzdal. Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos (ca. 1650) https://www.oontz.ru/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/02-19-suzdal.mp3 Performed by Valery Garanin. Image: commons.wikimedia.org Back to the map Rybinsk. Transfiguration Cathedral (ca. 1660) https://www.oontz.ru/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/02-20-rybinsk.mp3 Performed by Alexey D’yachenko, Alexander Mikhailov, Sergei Polyansky, Igor Medvedev Image: golddomes.ru Back to the map Vologda. St. Sophia Cathedral (1568) https://www.oontz.ru/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/02-22-vologda.mp3 Performed by Grigory Pavlov, Oleg Timofeev. Image: commons.wikimedia.org Back to the map Kalyazin. Kalyazin bells (in the manner of the Kalyazin masters) https://www.oontz.ru/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/03-24-kalyazin.mp3 Performed by the Sergey Maltsev’s bell-ringing company Back to the map Rostov Veliky. Rostov monastery bells https://www.oontz.ru/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/03-25-rostov.mp3 Performed by the Sergey Maltsev’s bell-ringing company. Image: flickr.com/photos/ksenia-sm Back to the map Suzdal. Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos (ca. 1650) https://www.oontz.ru/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/03-27-suzdal.mp3 Performed by Vladimir Degtyaryov, Valery Garanin. Image: commons.wikimedia.org Back to the map Sergiyev Posad. In the manner of the Trinity Sergius monastery ringing masters https://www.oontz.ru/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/03-28-sergiyev_posad.mp3 Performed by Valery Garanin, Vladimir Degtyaryov Back to the map Nekrasovskoye village. Our Most Holy Lady (of Assuage My Sorrows icon) church (ca. 1840) https://www.oontz.ru/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/03-29-nekrasovskoe.mp3 Performed by Sergey Kazakov. Image: autotravel.ru Back to the map Arkhangelsk. An extract from The Northern Bells ringing performance https://www.oontz.ru/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/05-31-arkhangelsk.mp3 Performed by Vladimir Petrovsky. Image: flickr.com/photos/akozlov Back to the map