The Burleson Bells


   Bass Concert Hall Plaza
   The University of Texas
   East Campus Drive (Robert Dedman Drive)
     and East 23rd Street
   Austin, Texas, USA
   LL: N 30.28540, W 97.73096
*Former Location (1930 to 1934):
   Old Main Building
   (in storage 1934-81)
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   Performing Arts Center
   The University of Texas
   Austin, TX  78712
   T: (512)471-2787   F: (512)471-3636




   Bells by Paul Garnier, Paris, 1929;
   added semitone is sharp 4th.
   Donated by Albert Sidney Burleson,
   valedictorian of 1st UT graduating
   class (1884), to play "The Eyes of
   Texas", "The Yellow Rose of Texas"
   and "Dixie".
   Electric action and controls, supplied
   by Verdin for present site, were in
   basement of nearby Bass Concert Hall;
   they were inoperable in July 1991, and
   then were lost in building renovation

*Technical data:

   Chime-sized instrument (without any workable playing mechanism) of 11 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is C  in the treble octave
   Transposition is up one octave
   Keyboard range:     C E   /    NONE  
   There is one added semitone
   The whole instrument was installed in 1981
     by the maker cited in Remarks above
   Auxiliary mechanisms: I     
   Tower details: 
     Height of console:                  * meters above ground
     Height of lowest level of bells:    4 meters above ground
     Height of highest level of bells:   6 meters above ground
     Belfry openness:  99%
   Year of latest technical information source is 2016

On the UT Website, a photo of the Burleson Bells is part of a "Statue Tour", where the bellfounder (whose name is mis-spelled) is incorrectly identified as a "sculptor".  Part of the history of these bells, along with a photo of their original location, is given in a page about the carillon in Main Building.

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of miscellaneous bellfoundries, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all North American chimes by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all North American chimes by weight (pitch).
Ranking among all North American chimes by year of completion.

Index to all tower bell instruments in TX.

   This page was built from the database on 20-Sep-18
   based on textual data last updated on 2018/09/10
   and on technical data last updated on 2016/09/06

Monumental frame

Bell with inscription of maker or supplier

Top of bell, serial # 829

Top of bell, serial # 830
All photos ©2016 Verdin Co. & used by permission

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