Friday, July 2, 2010

The Carillon

carillon is a musical instrument that is usually housed in a free-standing bell tower, or the belfry of a church or other municipal building. The instrument consists of at least 23 cast bronze cup-shaped bells, which are played serially to play a melody, or sounded together to play a chord. A carillon is played by striking a keyboard called a "baton" with the fists and by pressing the keys of a pedal keyboard with the feet. The keys mechanically activate levers and wires that connect to metal clappers that strike the bells, allowing the performer, the carillonneur, to vary the intensity of the note according to the force applied to the key.
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To see more of these amazing performances by Cast in Bronze, click here .
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The Frog Queen said...

Never seen that before...very cool! Thanks for sharing.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

I love the carillon! We have one in the Peace Tower of our Canadian Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. The carilloneur plays mini-concerts almost every day in the summer months. It's wonderful to hear!


..hmmmn.. very interesting post!!!:)

Take care!!!:)


Caroline said...

Very cool! Wishing you a happy 4th :)