BREDA - OLV : NETHERLANDS

*Location:

   O.L.Vrouwetoren (Grote Kerk)
   Torenstraat at Reigerstraat
   Breda, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
   LL: N 51.58914, E 4.77491
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*Carillonist:

   Paul Maassen
   E: p_maassen/@/hotmail DOTcom
      info/@/paulmaassen DOTcom
*Former carillonist:
   1975-2012 Jacques Maassen   (d.2013)

*Contact:

   (unknown)

*Schedule:

   Tuesdays & Fridays, 1030-1130

*Remarks:

   44 G&J bells installed by Eijsbouts,
   apparently with an old bass bell;
   some stolen in WW II.  Keyboard of 1965
   replaced before 2006, and again in
   2016.  

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 49 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is A# in the bass octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     A#C   /    A#G   
   There are two missing bass semitones
   The instrument was enlarged in 1965
     with 35 bells made by Eijsbouts   
   Prior history:
     In 1929, the instrument was enlarged to 45 bells
       by Gillett & Johnston
       (14 bells were added in and/or remain from that work.)
     In 1723, the instrument was begun with 40 bells
       by an unknown maker
       (0 bells remain from that work.)
   Auxiliary mechanisms: M     
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2019
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

The church Website has a carillon page.

Video from July 2016, showing the new cabin, with Paul Maassen playing.  A short bit of 2012 video spliced in at 00:50 shows the previous clavier (note varnished keys vs. clean new ones in 2016) and Paul's father Jacques, who retired in December 2012 after 37 years, and died of cancer in September 2013.  Paul took over, fourth generation.  So the clavier shown in the short 2012 clip has now also been replaced.

The carillonneur's Website

The tower Website has much information about special events but little about the carillon itself.

The Dutch Wikipedia article on this church has two photos of the tower.

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of unknown bellfoundries, in this region and in the world.
Where the second phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Gillett & Johnston bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Eijsbouts bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all Netherlands traditional carillons by pitch (weight).
Ranking among all Netherlands traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all Netherlands traditional carillons by year of completion.

Index to all traditional carillons in Netherlands.

Index to all tower bell instruments in NL/Noord-Brabant.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on 13-Apr-19
   based on textual data last updated on 2019/04/01
   and on technical data last updated on 2019/03/05
*Photos:

(none available)

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