SAARBRUECKEN : GERMANY-BRD

*Location:

   Rathausturm
   Rathausplatz
   Saarbrücken, Saarland, Germany
   LL: N 49.23497, E 6.99765
Site locator map
City locator maps and gazetteer page

*Player:

   Christian von Blohn, Musical Director
*Past Musical Director:
   1999-2018 Christoph Keller

*Contact:

   Landeshauptstadt Saarbrücken
   Rathausplatz 1
   D-66111 Saarbrücken
   T: 681 905-0   F: 681 905-1536
   E: stadt/@/saarbruecken DOTde

*Schedule:

   Daily at 1515 and 2119; music is
   changed seasonally & for special events.

*Remarks:

   Original bells donated in 1933, made by
   Viennese tower clock & glockenspiel
   maker Emil Schauer; first used 27 Oct
   1934; melted down for armaments 1941.
   New bells cast by Cornille-Havard to
   harmonize with nearby Johanneskirche;
   mechanism and installation by André
   Voegele of Strasbourg.  Three flat
   figures, at rest behind battlements,
   rise to be visible when bells play.

*Technical data:

   Electric-automatic chime of 19 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is unknown
   Transposition is not applicable
   Keyboard range:     ----  /    ----  
   The arrangement of tones and semitones is unknown.
   The whole instrument was installed in 1999
     by the maker cited in Remarks above
   Prior history:
     In 1933, a complete instrument of 19 bells was installed
       with bells made by the maker cited in Remarks above
       (0 bells remain from that work.)
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2020
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

The splash page on the city Website is a drawing of the tower.  There is a page with a closeup photo of the bells plus a schedule of the music that they play.

The German Wikipedia article about the building has photos of it, plus a long section about the history of the bells and the music that they play.

Curiously, there seems to be no YouTube video of these bells in action.

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of miscellaneous bellfoundries, in this region and in the world.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Cornille-Havard bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all German chimes by pitch (weight).
Ranking among all German chimes by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all German chimes by year of completion.

Index to all tower bell instruments in Germany/Saar.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on  8-Sep-20
   based on textual data last updated on 2020/08/28
   and on technical data last updated on 2020/08/28
*Photos:

(none available)

Explanations of page format and keyboard range are available.

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