The Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel University of Chicago E. 59th Street and S. Woodlawn Avenue Chicago, Illinois, USA LL: N 41.78860, W 87.59686
Joseph (Joey) Brink, (C) University Carillonneur E: Brink.Joey@gmail.com*Past carillonists:
1932-53 Frederick L. Marriott (d.) 1953-60 James R. Lawson (1919-2003) 1960-69 Daniel Robins (d.) 1969-84 Robert Lodine (d.) 1984-2015 Wylie Crawford, (C) University Carillonneur 19??-2015 James Fackenthal, (C) Assistant Carillonneur
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel University of Chicago 5850 South Woodlawn Avenue (or 1156 East 59th Street) Chicago, IL 60637-1628 T: (773)702-2100
Noon and 5pm Mon-Fri and 5pm Sunday, when school is in session; tours of the tower (free) begin 1/2 hour before. Summer series normally 6pm Sundays from mid-June thru August. Quarter & hour strike currently silent.
Second-heaviest carillon in the world. The bourdon (C#) was cast at 365-2-23 (40959 lbs); after tuning it was shipped at 330-1-2 (36990 lbs). The commonly reported weight of 38080 lbs is exactly 340 cwt, or 17 tonnes, an approximation. Swinging bells are do1 (bourdon), fa1, sol1, la1, do2 (relative to bourdon). Original pedalboard had bourdon at F# position. Renovation of 2007-9 removed 46 bells from tower; some were re-tuned; new playing & practice keyboards built to WCF 2006 design with max keyfall (old practice keyboard retained); transmission completely re-oriented. Original electro-pneumatic mechanism survives, though not its control drum; original clock survives; both disused. New automatic control by Apollo for quarter-strike & original hour strike.
Traditional carillon of 72 bells Pitch of heaviest bell is C# in the bass octave Transposition is down 4 semitone(s) Keyboard range: G F 71/ F C 31 There is one missing bass semitone Some bells were re-tuned in 2008 by Eijsbouts Prior history: In 1932, the complete instrument was installed with bells made by Gillett & Johnston Auxiliary mechanisms: S5E9Q Tower details not available Year of latest technical information source is 2015
This page was built from the database on 14-Oct-15 based on textual data last updated on 2015/10/10 and on technical data last updated on 2015/07/20
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