The original German word "glockenspiel" is literally translated into English as "bells play"; a more idiomatic translation might be "musical bells". In German usage it may be applied to any carillon-sized or chime-sized tower bell instrument which plays music, whether or not it accompanies automated animation. Most commonly, it applies to automatically-played musical instruments rather than to manually-played musical instruments. It does not apply to swinging bells.
In English usage, the word "glockenspiel" has at least four distinct meanings, not all of which appear in every standard dictionary.
When mechanized figures are associated with tower bells, they usually appear on a balcony-like stage on the side of the bell tower or building, and disappear from view when the music ends a few minutes later. But there are almost as many different arrangements as there are installations. The figures may be simple silhouettes moving in train along a single track, or a set of individually animated characters in a theatrical play; the complexity of the animation is limited only by the imagination of the designer, the skill of the fabricator and the wealth of the purchaser. Generally the automatic play is performed only once or a few times per day; very rarely it may be hourly during the daytime.
This index lists only those glockenspiels in which the associated tower bells qualify as a carillon or chime. It does not include animated tower clock installations which have fewer than 8 bells, or no bells at all, even though the owners of such installations may use the term "glockenspiel". (Some such installations use electronic devices to simulate bells, or use recorded music of other types.)
This index is divided into three sections:
GRAZ - GM : AUSTRIA non-trad Toenendes Erz dat Graz (Sounding bronze of Graz) Gottfried Maurer residence BREMEN - B : GERMANY-BRD non-trad Haus des Glockenspiels [porcelain bells] GOSLAR : GERMANY-BRD chime Ehemalige Stadtkämmerei (Old City Hall) GUNZENHAUSEN : GERMANY non-trad Glockenspiel MUENCHEN - NR : GERMANY-BRD non-trad Glockenspiel Neues Rathaus GUADALAJARA : MEXICO non-trad Templo Expiatorio (Ch of the Atonement) GENEVA - G : SWITZERLAND chime Glockenspiel RHEINFELDEN : SWITZERLAND chime House ZURICH - PP : SWITZERLAND chime People's Park BLOOMFIELD HILLS - KH/2 : USA - MI chime The Children's Bells of Blessing Kirk in the Hills (Presbyterian/PCUSA) COVINGTON - GP : USA - KY trad The Carroll Chimes Goebbel Park FRANKENMUTH : USA - MI non-trad Glockenspiel Tower Bavarian Inn GAYLORD : USA - MI non-trad Glen's Markets Alpine Village HYANNIS : USA - MA non-trad Christmas Tree Shop MIDLAND - S : USA - MI chime Santa House NEW ULM : USA - MN non-trad Ted Schonlau Memorial Carillon Schonlau Park Plaza VAIL - VS : USA - CO chime The Arrabelle VANCOUVER : USA - WA non-trad Salmon Run Bell Tower Esther Short Park WILLEMSTAD - SF/2 : NED.ANTIL. non-trad (currently unidentified) (was Spritzer & Fuhrmann, Jewellers) VEENENDAAL - F : NETHERLANDS chime Horlogerie van Manen - facade WASHINGTON - ZP : USA - DC trad The Pelzman Glockenspiel The National Zoo WISCONSIN DELLS : USA - WI chime The Bavarian Village
LINZ - K : AUSTRIA chime Linzer Kiwanis Glockenspiel Kiwanis-Klub SALZBURG : AUSTRIA non-trad Cupola, Archbishop's Palace (Neubau; Neue Rezidenz)
Not reported here are those clock towers where the only animation is a clock jack to strike the hour.
Not reported here are those animated clock towers which have no bells; some use electronic substitutes for bells, while others use recorded music.
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