Live Carillon Performance from Antwerp Cathedral

18 Apr

A carillon is a musical instrument that is usually housed in a free-standing bell tower, or the belfry of a church or other municipal building. The greatest concentration of carillons is still found in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Northern France, where they were symbols of civic pride and status. Some of the most spectacular are now protected by UNESCO as part of the world heritage site the Belfries of Belgium and France.

Taking these information into account I decided to record the live performance of a carillonneur as I was spending my Sunday afternoon at the center of the city of Antwerp. Forget the video part but concentrate on the audio! Every Sunday some carillonneurs play wonderful compositions using very big church bells and suddenly you can find yourself accompanying a tune, such as an opera aria from Verdi. This is an important part of the spirit of Antwerp, Belgium.

Live Carillon Performance from Antwerp Cathedral from Emre Sevinc on Vimeo.

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Posted by on April 18, 2010 in Music


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