BLOOMINGTON - 1 : USA - IN

   Arthur R. Metz Memorial Carillon

*Location:

   Indiana University
   1640 East 17th Street,
     opposite North Jordan Avenue
   Bloomington, Indiana, USA
   LL: N 39.17735, W 86.51062 (old)
   LL: N 39.17075, W 86.51899 (new)
Site locator map (new location)  or  [ MapQuest map ]

Site locator map (original location)  or  [ MapQuest map ]
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*Carillonist:

   (none appointed since 1996)
*Past carillonists:
   1971-72 Arie Abbenes
   1973-75 (unknown)
   1976-83 Linda Walker (Pointer)   (C)
   1984-86 (none)
   1987-96 Brian Swager   (C)

*Contact:

   Office of the Dean
   School of Music
   Indiana University
   Bloomington, IN  47405-2200
   T: (812)855-1583
   E: musicadm@indiana.edu

*Schedule:

   Out of commission during relocation.

*Remarks:

   In 1996, Meeks & Watson built a new
   console, which Verdin installed.
   Practice console, identical to the
   original, remains in School of Music.
   Apr.2017: Carillon to be relocated to
   arboretum in center of campus,
   and 4 bells added.
   Sep.2017: last concert in old tower,
   by John Gouwens
   Mar.2018: Tower demolished; dedication
   of new tower planned for 2019

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 61 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is A# in the bass octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     C C 60/    A#C 25
   There are two missing bass semitones
   There is a non-identical practice console
   The present keyboard was installed in 1996
     by the maker cited in Remarks above
   Prior history:
     In 1971, the complete instrument was installed
       with bells made by Eijsbouts   
   Auxiliary mechanisms: IE    
   Tower details: 
     Height of console:                 (unknown)
     Height of lowest level of bells:   (unknown)
     Height of highest level of bells:  (unknown)
     Belfry openness:  99%
   Year of latest technical information source is 2004
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

The IU/Bloomington Website has an excellent campus map; it would be superb if it were linked to building photos and descriptions.  Use the Search facility with "Metz carillon" to find a variety of information and some photos.

News article about the plan to relocate and expand the carillon
A similar article

Final concert, by John Gouwens, on the Metz Carillon before being dismantled in Oct.2017

Video slide show of the Metz Carillon with audio from an interview with, and a recital by, John Gouwens

2004 news article about John Gouwens playing a guest recital here, with keyboard photo

The Metz Tower in late evening.  You can send an e-postcard with this photo (or others).

Access to a high-resolution photo of the Metz Tower (somewhat tilted!)

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Eijsbouts bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by weight.
Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all North American concert class carillons by year of completion.

Other concert carillons with similar keyboard ranges.

Index to all traditional carillons in IN, including the practice carillon on this campus.

Index to all tower bell instruments in IN, including that practice carillon and a chime which are also on this campus.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on  5-May-18
   based on textual data last updated on 2018/03/31
   and on technical data last updated on 2004/01/09
*Photos:

(none available)

Explanations of page format and keyboard range are available.

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