Dutch Carillon News No 29 (december 2016)
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Just about all sides of the carillon culture are portrayed in this issue of the newsletter: World Congress, television documentary, world premiere, science, composition contest ... The many aspects of the discipline make it so engaging. I do not need to add anything further. Happy reading and good luck in the busy Christmassy carillon boom times.
The three yearly Carillon World Congress will take place in 2017 in the beautiful city of Barcelona. The hostess will be Anna Maria Reverté i Casas, the carillonneur of Barcelona. The organisation of this congress is in the hands of Confraria de Campaners i Carillonistes de Catalunya with support of the Catalaanse government.
The congress website will be opened on 15th December 2016 (www.carilloncongress2017.com) and you can register there online. You are advised not to wait with making your travel plans as the prices of flights to Barcelona and hotels rise steeply if you book nearer the event. There are no congress hotels, but it is easy to book hotels, hostels and apartments via the internet. Look for accommodation in the old Gothic area (Barrio Gotico).
The congress is from Saturday 1st July 2017 (registration desk op from 08.30 till 16.00) till the evening of Wednesday 5th July 2017. The Post-congress is from Thursday 6th July until the afternoon of Saturday 8th July 2017 and provides even more culture, tourism and carillon music, including a visit to the impressive Roman remains of the town of Tarragona. During the whole period (1st July to 8th July) there will be bus transport available for the group to and from Barcelona.
There is also a Pre-congres in Portugal from 23rd June to 28th June 2017, organised by CICO (firstname.lastname@example.org) plus a carillon day in Perpignan (France) on Sunday 9th July 2017 organised by Elizabeth Vitu and Laurent Pie (email@example.com).
IMPORTANT: by registering before 1st February 2017 you are entitled to a discounted congress fee:
The Post congress fee is € 75,- irrespective of date of booking or age.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Inspiration for a proposal can be found in the theme of this conference: "The carillon in the 21st century, towards a modern and contemporary insight" accompanied by the following topics:
Anna Maria Reverte
Luc Rombouts awarded his PhD in Utrecht on the origins of the carillon
On November 2 at Utrecht University, Luc Rombouts was awarded his PhD degree in Humanities (field of study: musicology). He defended a thesis entitled The origins of the carillon. Roots, origin and development until 1530. Promotor was Prof. Dr. Albert Clement (Utrecht University / University College Roosevelt, Middelburg). The defence was 'inaugurated' by carillonneur Malgosia Fiebig on the carillon of the Dom Tower. The appreciation of the examining committee was manifested by awarding the degree with the cum laude distinction. Afterwards numerous participants from the Netherlands and Belgium fraternised whilst consuming the now famous Carillon Beer. In the thesis the origins of the carillon is positioned in the wider context of bell ringing and clock mechanism traditions of late medieval Western Europe. From this view it propounds that much of the ‘carillon technology’ was already present in older bell and clock traditions. It appears that the carillon was not derived from bell chimes, as most authors have claimed, but from the pealing of bells. The chime has rather been a reinforcing factor. It is also notable that the carillon was born and then blossomed precisely in the Low Countries while its direct and indirect predecessors, including the musical chimes, occurred in other regions of Western Europe. All this indicates that carillon music was a luxury product that could emerge in a prosperous region with a competitive city-culture.Luc’s thesis is available via Museum Clock & Peel for the price of € 39,95.
In the summer of 2016 a new carillon computer was installed for the carillon in the St. Pietersbandenkerk Church at Lommel in Belgium. This investment was made possible by a gift from Lommel Teutengilde association. The cultural centre De Adelberg took the opportunity, in cooperation with carillonneur Liesbeth Janssens and the Kunstacademie Noord-Limburg (Arts Academy of North Limburg), to organise a competition for carillon tune composition. No fewer than seventeen compositions were submitted. The tunes were judged by a professional jury consisting of Diederik Celis (Director Kunstacademie Noord-Limburg), Joost Vermeiren (organist and teacher at the Kunstacademie Noord-Limburg), Erik Vandevoort (carilloneur at Peer and teacher at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen), Jan Verheyen (carilloneur Neerpelt and Hasselt)) and Liesbeth Janssens (carillonneur Lommel and Antwerp). On Wednesday, September 28th the winners were announced during the awards ceremony. The tunes were also all played on the carillon, while a public jury could vote for their favourite composition.
The winners of this competition were:
Cindy Daems, Director CC De Adelberg
World premiere brings people together
The first anniversary of the carillon in Neerpelt was celebrated on 5th November with the world premiere of the ambitious community art project "Sound Reflections”; a spectacle with an orchestra, choir, carillon, organ, dance and image projection in the church of Neerpelt. “Sound Reflections” is about a boy’s quest for a perfect sound which he found in a bell and how he could share that with everyone by use of a carillon. It was written by the promising young composer Nick Van Elsen; the choreography and direction was in the hands of the accomplished Luc Morren. The carilloneur Jan Verheyen was the producer. 140 performers participated in the project.
The performance was a great success. The church had been converted into an auditorium for the occasion and was sold out twice. The audience revelled in the sights and sounds and both the total production as well as the score earned well deserved praise.
It would be a shame if these performances in Neerpelt were not repeated elsewhere. The story is perfectly adaptable to any other city or town. We therefore offer to make the story, composition, direction and choreography available for reuse due to the potential unifying role of the carillon.
The video editing is under way; in the meantime the photographs give a good impression of the Neerpelt production.
Two young documentary filmmakers, Bo van de Meer and Malou Wagenmaker, have made a short documentary ‘Sound of the city’ about Boudewijn Zwart, the Amsterdam carillonneur, who enchants the city centre and its visitors with music from the Oude Kerk, the Westerkerk and the Zuiderkerk.
... The carillon of the War Museum in Kaunas (Lithuania)
On Saturday, June 18th, 2016 the tower at the War Museum in Kaunas was the scene of a carillon concert given by Auke de Boer and myself. Along with a concert in Vilnius this event was part of the Lithuanian Pazaislio Muzikos Festifalis 2016 (see also the Pazaislis website [link]). The distinctive carillon bells hang in the relatively confined - about 35 meters high - tower. The museum opened in 1936. 35 bells (base As1) were cast in 1935 by the Belgian bell foundry Michiels. The instrument was inaugurated in 1937 and Eijsbouts expanded it in 2006 to four octaves (49 bells) based on F#1. During the concert, the instrument filled the surroundings amply. The park-like plaza with fountain offered, despite the busy road nearby, a good listening place for about 200 attendees. The program included work by visual artist and composer Joop Visser, music by Dutch composers, and numbers from light classical to Frank Sinatra’s "I did it my way". Prior to the concert we were accompanied by Joop Visser on a visit to the museum situated behind the war museum of the painter and composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875-1911). This artist, much renowned in Lithuania, struggled for most of his life with his (mental) health and, at the age of only 35, pneumonia was fatal for him. It was interesting, in addition to the paintings in which his depressions were sometimes clearly discernible, to take note of the music of this (for us) unknown composer.
Do you have a notable story about a lesser-known carillon? Send it to us in 250 words maximum. Preferably with one or two pictures.
The annual meeting of the German Campanology Colloquium took place from September 30th to October 3rd, 2016 in Braunschweig. It dealt mainly with swinging bells but also included other kinds of bells such as carillon bells. Each morning lectures were given on various subjects including one about the peal in the Braunschweig Cathedral including the three bells cast by Gerdt van Wou in 1502 and six by Hindrik van Campen cast in 1506. I lectured on the bell colloquium and festival held in Rostov Veliki, Russia in 2015. In the afternoons we looked at and listened to the peals of seven Brunswick churches including those with twelve, nine and seven bells in the Braunschweig Cathedral, Saint Martini Church and the Saint Andreas Church respectively and on October 3rd we went to Goslar to see two more peals. The latest Jahrbuch für Glockenkunde volumes 27-28 was also presented. Its 630 pages contain articles, critiques and reports on a wide variety of subjects including the ornamentation on the bells of Gerdt van Wou by Sjoerd van Geuns and Salzburg’s 17th century automatic carillon by Ivo Radakovich. I contributed an article about the four carillons of Saint Petersburg, detailled critiques of Luc Rombouts’ book Singing Bronze and Manfred Hofmann’s Die Apoldaer Glockengießerei. Alte und neue Geheimnisse, a list of campanological books, CDs and DVDs published from 1998 to 2015 in Russia and a report about the activities of the Association of Russian Campanological Arts from 1989 to 1991 and the bell symposium in Saint Petersburg in 1993. Information about the bell colloquiums and the Jahrbuch für Glockenkunde is available at glockenmuseum.de. I can also supply copies of the carillon articles I have written for the Jahrbuch over the years. See carillon-berlin.de
The 93 meter belltower of the Saint-Andreas Church in Braunschweig. Photo: Jeffrey Bossin
On November 22 a number of undergraduate and graduate students with teachers of the Dutch Carillon School made an excursion to Asten. They visited the Museum Clock and Peel and the Royal Eijsbouts bell foundry. In the museum they were shown round by the guide Rainer Schütte, who explained the variety of bells and timepieces in the collection. Then they were given a tour of the bell foundry by Joep Brussels of Royal Eijsbouts. They watched the casting process of a bronze bell and that made a deep impression. Finally there was a discussion with the deputy director of Eijsbouts and students agreed that this was a very successful tour that they could recommend to anyone.
Thanks to Vincent Hensen
The next Dutch Carillon News will appear at the beginning of February. Please submit copy (maximum 250 words) for this issue before February 1st to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The editors reserve the right to shorten texts or to make editorial changes in a conscientious fashion.
Editors: Mieke Lanen, Gerda Peters, Gea van Veen en Christiaan Winter
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