Carillon Digital Collection
The images in this digital collection are compiled from several physical collections located in the Anton Brees Carillon Library vertical files at Bok Tower Gardens.
A carillon (pronounced: (kare'-uh-lawn) is a musical instrument consisting of at least 23 cast bronze bells that are precisely tuned and arranged in chromatic progression so that music in any key can be played. Unlike other types of bells, carillon bells are fixed in a frame—the bells do not move.
Series 1 - Bell Images
The items were selected to focus upon the physical and artistic work of the bell itself from all over the world. Many of the largest bells (bourdon) are inscribed with donor / patron information, the date cast, and foundry, and other contextual information. The Bourdon, the largest bell of the carillon, comes from the French word bourdonner - to hum, buzz or boom.
Series 2 - Tower Images
The images in this subset collection focus on the exterior architecture of the bell tower which houses a carillon instrument.
Series 3 - Carillonneurs Images
The images in this subset collection focus upon the people who have mastered the art of playing the carillon.
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