July 6, 2009 at 10:18 pm #11180AudinosParticipant
Is anyone aware of an installation of esquilas in the United States?
An esquila is a bell attached to a weighted headstock by its canons which allows it to be rotated 360º with minimal lateral force on the structure. Rotated by hand or by motor, they simply spin end-over-end, creating an offbeat rhythm: 1-1—1-1—1-1. They are mainly used in Spain and Latin American countries, where most bells are dead-hung from beams by chains as in Russia. Esquilas are often mounted directly to the walls of openings in the tower rather than on frames or stands. Some Mexican esquilas consist of two bells mounted canon-to-canon in the shape of a bow tie, mounted to a central axis. Each bell balances the other. These are often spun rapidly by hand and create an unusual 1-2—2-1—1-2—2-1… sound.
July 12, 2009 at 11:24 pm #14769maxkurilloParticipant
Audinos, First of all, what are the sizes of the bells you mentioned, they must be small to be turned about as you mentioned. Next, do you have pictures of any of these bells, Max
July 13, 2009 at 4:34 am #14768AudinosParticipant
Here are a few Youtube videos featuring esquilas and other full-circle Spanish-style bells. They come in all sizes, from typical Mexican bells of around 20″ to huge Spanish bells of 50″ and more. I believe that the term “esquilas” is used mainly for smaller bells. I don’t know why, but most Spanish and Latin American bells have nondescript, chaotic tone compared with the bells of other parts of Europe.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCEcFZ3NCyM&feature=related This typical Mexican bell tower (Aguascalientes) features two twin-bell esquilas.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMKGAzbC8v4 Minas Gerais, Brazil: Esquilas are not a Portuguese tradition, but some are in Brazil.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z26b3OidRGk Large, raucous bells in Salvatierra, Spain
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZq5acVhZNI Gigantic, nicely-tuned esquilas from Valencia, Spain
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q95tKGAysjM A large number of small esquilas in Sevilla, Spain
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LP-bCnct3jM&feature=related Huge, awful-sounding bells from Calahorra, Spain
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o3wkEjppGQ&feature=related The motors are disconnected for a manual peal in Alfarrasí, Spain
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