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Carillon Cache

A cache by Quasimodo the Cacher Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 7/25/2002
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Strolling the grounds of the University of Wisconsin (ok, ok...I was grabbing another cache), I heard the most amazing church (or so I thought) bells ringing throughout campus. Ringing is wrong. Listening for a few moments I realized they were playing music. I couldn’t help myself. Putting away the GPSr, I had to find the source. It turned out to the campus Carillon. It was a summer concert with a visiting carilloneur. After the concert, I went on a tour thru the carillon and was amazed by this immense instrument. I had to learn more. Now it’s your turn.

What is a carillon you ask?
Well, a carillon is a musical instrument composed of at least 23 carillon bells, arranged in chromatic sequence, so tuned as to produce concordant harmony when many bells are sounded together. It is played from a keyboard that allows expression through variation of touch. The keys are struck with the half-closed hand. In addition, the larger bells are connected to foot pedals.

The world's greatest concentration of carillons is still in the Low Countries of Europe (Belgium, The Netherlands, northern France and northwest Germany). Nearly 200 exist in North America.

Most are listed at

To give you an idea of the size of some of these instruments the 2nd largest in the world is at the U of Chicago and is called The Laura Spelman Rockefeller Carillon, of course donated by John D Rockefeller and named for his mother. It consists of 72 bells with the largest weighing approx 45,000 pounds. This carillon has a compass of 6 octaves, starting on the C# two octaves below middle C. The total weight of the bronze in the instrument is over 100 tons, including about 78 tons of copper and 22 tons of tin.

The largest in the world is at The Riverside Church in New York City and is called The Laura Spelman Rockefeller Carillon, of course donated by John D Rockefeller and named for his mother. Yes that’s right. Rockefeller donated the 2 largest in the world and named both for mom. It consists of 74 bells with the largest weighing approx 50,000 pounds.

OK...enough of that and on to the cache. Here are the rules:

1 - ONLY carillons. If it’s a church bell, bell tower, Liberty bell etc, it doesn’t count. Read the 2nd paragraph if you're not sure what a carillon is.

2 - You must upload pictures. You can have some grace period while you get them developed etc, but no pics = no cache. The usual pics will suffice: the carillon, the GPSr and the carillon or its tower, the view to give us an idea of where it is, etc.

3 - You must have been there. No Internet downloads, no postcards, no reasonable facsimiles. I will check and delete if you werent there

4 - A carillon may only be logged once but you may log more than one.

4 - Have fun and try to get a tour inside. It is truly amazing to see these in action.

So away you go...looking for a carillon. Since I began with the one at U of Wisconsin (the listed co-ords for this cache) consider that as logged and off limits (sorry Badgers). Enjoy.

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