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Handel called Britain the ringing isle because when he moved to London, he heard bells ringing everywhere: great bells in church towers, and hand bells in some of the first private houses he visited. The sound of people ringing the changes is a peculiarly British sound of celebration, and it seems a good starting point for a piece celebrating British musical life. Within The Ringing Isle, Dove incorporates some traditional change-ringing patterns, from æGrandsire DoublesÆ, æOxford Treble Bob MinorÆ and his own version of æPlain Bob MajorÆ. HandelÆs phrase also conjures up an image of a magical island, and so this is how Dove envisaged how it must have been to approach Britain from an ocean voyage.

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    Alfred 12-0571566103 The Ringing Isle - Music Book

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