CHURCH BELLS OF ST DEMETRIUS MORPH INTO SMETANA’S “MА VLAST”

Well, it’s happened again. Just like back in March 2011, when the sound of my then new Tibetan bowls inspired me to record Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata with them, what happened yesterday led to another unusual musical match – church bells and Smetana. And this is how it happened.

My nephew Bora Nestorov, a pianist and professor of music, and his wife Duca, an opera singer – both of whom were the stars of my INAUGURAL BELGRADE “SOIRÉE MUSIQUE” – invited me to lunch yesterday at their flat in New Belgrade.

It so happens that the big new (1998) church of St. Demetrius of Thessaloniki is right next door. It offers a wonderful view from their balcony. And as Duca and I sat on the balcony enjoying this front row center view, the bells of St. Demetrius started ringing.

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Instinctively, I whipped out my iPhone (guess once a reporter, always a reporter 🙂 ), and recorded this 17-second clip.

BELLS OF St Demetrius of Thessaloniki CHURCH – recorded in New Belgrade around 4:30 PM on July 28, 2018 – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic


And as I listened to it again today, I started to hear an overlapping melody in my Third Year. It was “Ma Vlast” (My Homeland) by Bedřich Smetana which I identified on Aug 7, 2011 as the Song of My Soul. Here’s also a more polished recording I made on a spur of the moment in Galway, Ireland – “Song of My Soul” by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic on Piano, Oct 19, 2011).

Guess I couldn’t rest until I expressed in 3D what I heard in my Third Year.  Of course, I had to change the tempo of the church bells to match my piano score. But otherwise, everything is as authentic as it happened yesterday. And today at my keyboard.

CHURCH BELLS OF ST DEMETRIUS IN NEW BELGRADE and “MY VLAST” (My Homeland, Bedřich Smetana) – music and film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – bells recorded on July 28, 2018, piano score on July 29, 2018 


 

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