Index to carillons and chimes by de Haze

The deHaze foundry, now closed, provided bells for various carillons and chimes throughout Europe.  See the bottom of this page for historical notes on the origin and development of this bellfoundry and on the various names used by it.

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Melchior de Haze, Antwerp, Belgium

BRUGGE - H                    : BELGIUM      1672 I  trad
   City carillon (stadsbeiaard)
   Halletoren (Belfort)
ARANJUEZ                      : SPAIN        1676 F  trad
   Monasterio San Lorenzo de El Escorial
   (El Escorial Monastery)
BRUGGE - H                    : BELGIUM      1680 I  trad
   City carillon (stadsbeiaard)
   Halletoren (Belfort)
Bruges                        : Belgium      1680 -  great
   "Zegeklok" or "Triomfklok" or "Maria"
GORINCHEM - STM               : NETHERLANDS  1682*F  non-trad
   Sint Maartenstoren
   (R.K.Kerk H.Martinus)
   * cast for another site
DEN HAAG - STJ                : NETHERLANDS  1686 F  trad
   Grote Kerk
ALKMAAR - W                   : NETHERLANDS  1688 F  trad
ALKMAAR - STL                 : NETHERLANDS  1689 F  trad
   Sintlaurenstoren (N.H.Grote Kerk)
   cast by de Haze or Sonneman
SALZBURG                      : AUSTRIA      1689 C  non-trad
   Cupola, Archbishop's Palace
     (Neubau; Neue Rezidenz)
UTRECHT - D/2                 : NETHERLANDS  1695 I  trad
   Upper belfry
BRUSSELS - STN                : BELGIUM      1714 C [trad]
   City carillon (stadsbeiaard #3)
   St. Nicolas Church (Sint-Niklaastoren)
   cast by W.Witlockx & M. de Haze

Historical Notes:

The Antwerp bell founder Melchior de Haze was born in that city in 1632 and died there in 1697.  Although absolute proof is lacking, it is almost certain that he was a pupil of the Hemonys.  His oldest bell dates from 1659.  De Haze gained fame through some spectacular carillons, including the Escorial (1674) near Madrid and the Belfry, Bruges (1676).  Both are now gone.  Also he cast the still existing carillons for Alkmaar, Gorinchem, Salzburg, etc.  With the carillon from 1686 Hague he encountered major problems.  Although his carillons were excellently tuned, nevertheless he had difficulties.  Multiple bells miss the sonority of Hemony bells.  The cause is certainly not incorrect bell metal, but a poor casting technique, for example, in bronze contaminated with copper oxides.  In The Hague, this brought him into big trouble.  A year-long trailing process was the result, though without a satisfactory outcome for the Haze.  After his death, a carillon cast in 1689 was sold to Brussels.  This has long disappeared.  De Haze is further known for the Victory Bell in 1680 in the Bruges Belfry.  It rings every year during the Holy Blood Procession.  De Haze never cast any artillery.  He was "contrewaerdyn van syne Mayesteyts Munte," thus controlling mint master.  His successor in Antwerp was Willem Witlockx, of whom we only hear something in relation to bells for the first time in 1705.

Source: André Lehr, Van paardebel tot speelklok.  De geschiedcnis van de klokgietkunst in de Lage Landen (Zaltbommel, 1971, 2de druk 1981), p.202-204 en 217-225.
Translation by Google, Cassell and Zimmerman.

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