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.
For an explanation of what this index contains (and does NOT contain),
and of the additional details on each entry, see the
Bellfoundry Indexes Advice.
BRUGGE - H : BELGIUM 1672 I trad
City carillon (stadsbeiaard)
ARANJUEZ : SPAIN 1676 F trad
Monasterio San Lorenzo de El Escorial
(El Escorial Monastery)
BRUGGE - H : BELGIUM 1680 I trad
City carillon (stadsbeiaard)
Bruges : Belgium 1680 - great
"Zegeklok" or "Triomfklok" or "Maria"
GORINCHEM - STM : NETHERLANDS 1682*F non-trad
* cast for another site
DEN HAAG - STJ : NETHERLANDS 1686 F trad
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
BRUSSELS - STN : BELGIUM 1714 C [trad]
City carillon (stadsbeiaard #3)
St. Nicolas Church (Sint-Niklaastoren)
cast by W.Witlockx & M. de Haze
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.
This index page was built from the database on 2-Nov-12 and last revised on 12-Dec-12.
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