GRONINGEN - M/2 : NETHERLANDS

*Location:

   Upper belfry & cupola
   Martinitoren
   Martinikerk
   (St.Martin's Church)
   Kreupelstraat at Grote Markt/Waagplein
   Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
   LL: N 53.21918, E 6.56802
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*Player:

   Adolph Rots, stadsbeiaardier
   E: adolph.rots @ hetnet DOTnl
   - and -
   Auke de Boer, stadsbeiaardier
   E: agdeboer @ ncrvnet DOTnl

*Contact:

   Stichting Martini Beiaard Groningen
   (Martini Carillon Groningen Foundation)
   Secretariaat
   D. van Dyke
   Chopinlaan 58
   9722 KH Groningen
   T: (050)526 0261
   E: dav DOTdyk /@/ hccnet DOTnl
   - or -
   Stichting Martinikerk Groningen
   Martinikerkhof 3
   9712 JG  Groningen
   T: 050 311 12 77   F: 050 312 07 98
   E: info@martinikerk.nl

*Schedule:

   Thu 1200-1300; Sat 1100-1200;
   quarter tunes from the drum.

*Remarks:

   Hour and half-hour bells connected to
   A#,D# in 1985.  Three largest in lower
   belfry, 2 clock bells below playing
   cabin, others in lantern; mean-tone
   tuning; keyboard range F,G,A,A#,c,d..c,
   with surviving Vanden Gheyn bell
   G connected to F# key in third octave.
   Separate church bells in lower belfry
   (see M/1 under Chimes).
   Hemony carillon replaced an older
   carillon (details uncertain), possibly
   from 1578 by van Trier.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 52 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is F# in the bass octave
   Transposition is up  1 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     G C 42/    F G 23
   The arrangement of tones and/or semitones
     is non-standard; see Remarks above.
   The instrument was enlarged in 1994
     with bells made by Eijsbouts   
   Prior history:
     In 1985, the instrument was enlarged to 51 bells
       by Eijsbouts   
     In 1984, the instrument was enlarged to 49 bells
       by Eijsbouts   
     In 1941, the instrument was enlarged to 42 bells
       by vanBergen   
       (0 bells remain from that work.)
     In 1788, the instrument was enlarged to 37 bells
       by vdGheyn     
       (1 bells were added in and/or remain from that work.)
     In 1671, the instrument was enlarged to 35 bells
       by Hemony      
       (0 bells remain from that work.)
     In 1662, the instrument was begun with 32 bells
       by Hemony      
       (28 bells remain from that work.)
   Year of latest technical information source is 2008
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.

*Links:

There is a Website for the carillon.

WCF photo of the tower

Additional links to tower photos can be found on the page about the 12-bell peal in the same tower.

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Hemony bellfoundries, in this region and in the world.
Where the second phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Hemony bellfoundries, in this region and in the world.
Where the third phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Vanden Gheyn bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the fourth phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the vanBergen bellfoundries, in this region and in the world.
Where the fifth phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Eijsbouts bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the sixth phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Eijsbouts 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.

Where the bass bell of this carillon ranks among all great bells in Europe.

Index to all traditional carillons in Netherlands.

Index to all tower bell instruments in NL.Groningen, including the 12-bell peal in the same tower..

*Status:

   This page was built from the database on 22-Aug-08
   based on textual data last updated on 2008/08/02
   and on technical data last updated on 2008/05/27


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