Non-traditional carillons in France:
index by weight (pitch)

NOTE:   This list is not yet complete - some known instruments remain to be added.

The table below is an index to 8 French non-traditional carillons, in order by the pitch of the bourdon (heaviest bell of the main keyboard range).  Instruments with the same bourdon pitch are in descending order by number of bells, then by missing semitones, then by city.  The key to the four column headings is at the end of the table, along with some other notes.

    Location (City : Country)               Note Chr  Nr  Transp
bourdon in the bass octave (20000 to 3000 kg) - NO instruments

bourdon in the middle octave (2500 to 300 kg) - 3 instruments
PARIS - STG                   : FRANCE - 00  C   -   40   -
BUGLOSE                       : FRANCE - 40  C   -   35   -
PARIS - STJB                  : FRANCE - 00  G   -   28   -
bourdon in the treble octave (250 to 60 kg) - 2 instruments
ARRAS                         : FRANCE - 62  C   Z   40   -
LE CATEAU                     : FRANCE - 59  G   *   26   -

bourdon in the "itty-bitty" octave (55 kg or less) - 0 instruments
 [none known]
bourdon unknown - 3 instruments
PARIS - SC                    : FRANCE - 00  -   -   37   -
LILLE - HDV                   : FRANCE - 59  -   -   25   -
ROUEN - BS                    : FRANCE - 76  -   -   25   -

Key to column headings:

pitch of the bourdon (bass bell) of the carillon. 

chromatics indicator:
Z = fully chromatic (no missing semitones)
Y = missing one semitone in the bass (typically keyboard C# or B)
X = missing two semitones in the bass (typically keyboard C#,D# or B,C#)
- = unknown

number of bells (notes) in the carillon.

transposition from the keyboard notes to the pitches of the corresponding bells, in semitones.  (Thus the number "12" reflects transposition upward one octave, while "-3" reflects transposition downward by a minor third.)


The table is sorted first on the pitch of the bass bell, then on the number of bells, then on the chromatics indicator, then on city.  The actual weight of the bass bell is not used.

The weight range indicators for each octave are only gross approximations, and should not be taken to represent any specific bell.  They are irrelevant for instruments made of porcelain bells.

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This index page was built from the database on 10-May-10 and last revised on 18-Sep-19.

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