by Edu Comelles

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This track is taken from the album: Camino, Parte Primera
Label: Wandering Ear, 2012

"Pamplona is the first major big city on the Way of Saint James. We arrived at Pamplona on Holy Saturday 2012. At noon on the Cathedral the Easter Mass took place. The tradition says that no bells can sing during Easter so instead they use a “carraca” a wooden rattle used to call the citizens to mass.

Here I leave a free-translation and transcription of the words by the guy in charge of the Rattle:

This is the ratchet the replacement of the bells during the celebration of the Death of Christ, ecclesiastically, along this time (Easter), bells can not be played.

The ratchet is played from Holy Thursday until Holy Saturday, then after the mass we play agian the bells.

You can find Ratchets in most churches, this specificaly is built to call to the mass.

Bells have to be quiet at Easter. From Holy Thursday, then on Friday there are no bells and at Saturday, we use it to call to the Mass or the offices, all with the ratchet; and then at night bells are rung again. What happens is that there is only rattles here at the cathedral that I know

Describing the machine:
There are 20 wooden hammers then, we spin the wheel and: clunck clunck clunck!!! 20 hammers at once, it just sounds like crazy!"

The Cathedral of Royal Saint Mary (Santa María la Real) is the Roman Catholic cathedral of the archdiocese of Pamplona, Spain. The current 15th century Gothic temple replaced an older Romanesque one. Archaeological excavations have revealed the existence of other two previous churches. The Neoclassical façade was designed by Ventura Rodríguez in 1783. It has a 13th-14th century Gothic cloister, that gives access to two other Gothic rooms: the Barbazan chapel and the refectory. The Mediaeval kings of Navarre were crowned there and some of them were also buried. The Navarrese Cortes (Parliament) was held there even during the early modern ages.


released October 30, 2012



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Pietro Riparbelli is a philosopher, composer and sound-multimedia artist based in Livorno (Tuscany).

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