Davis Memorial Carillon
Alfred University Action Drive (south campus) Alfred, New York, USA LL: N 42.25427, W 77.78673
Laurel Buckwalter, (C) University Carillonneur 5744 East Valley Road Alfred Station, NY 14803-9721 H: (607)587-8090 W: (607)871-2234 F: (607)871-2587 E: FBuckwal@Alfred.edu*Past carillonists:
1937 Henry Wesson 1938 ded. Kamiel Lefévere 1937-68 Dr.Ray W. Wingate (1886-1968) 1969-76 (students) 1977-94 Joanne Droppers (C)
Performing Arts Office Alfred University Alfred, NY 14802-1232 T: (607)871-2562 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon,Wed,Fri 1230-1245; Saturday 1600-1630; summer series 7pm Tue in July (guests)
Entire tower from 1937 was replaced in the 1953 enlargement; this was significantly remodelled in 1983. Original installation contained 18 bells apparently by P. Hemony, 1674; 16 (later 12) by Joris du Mery, 1737; one apparently by A. van den Gheyn 1784; reportedly all collected (and some retuned) by Omer Michaux, Louvain, Belgium; thus this was thought to be the only pre-19th century carillon in North America. However, investigations c.2003 confirmed old suspicions that the "Hemony" bells were forgeries made by Michaux (or Michiels) using plaster casts of bells which existed elsewhere. The duMery bells have been traced to St.Salvatorkerk, Harelbeke, Belgium. One original bell (broken) was replaced in the 1953 enlargement, and the two smallest duMery originals were replaced in the 1977 enlargement. Meeks, Watson & Co. replaced top 20 in 2006; dedicated 10 June.
Traditional carillon of 47 bells Pitch of heaviest bell is D in the middle octave Transposition is up 2 semitone(s) Keyboard range: C C / C G There are two missing bass semitones There is a non-identical practice console 20 bells were recast or replaced in 2006 by Meeks,Watson Prior history: In 1977, the instrument was enlarged to its present size with bells made by Petit & Fritsen (0 bells remain from that work.) In 1953, the instrument was enlarged to 43 bells by Petit & Fritsen (8 bells were added in and/or remain from that work.) In 1937, the instrument was begun with 35 bells apparently by the makers cited in Remarks above (19 bells remain from that work.) Auxiliary mechanisms: S3 Tower details not available Year of latest technical information source is 2006
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