The Hahnenklee Carrillon

I discovered the wooden Church of Hahnenklee in the summer of 2004 during a walk through the nearby forest. This was not long after I had moved to my new hometown of Goslar. This impressive and yet very intimate building was erected around 1900. It is shaped in the style of the norvegian medieval Stavkyrkje.  
I was very surprised to find that the local congregation had even put up a fully fledged Carillon in this rather remote place. I had long been hoping to find a Carillon whose sound is not spoiled by city noise and here I had found it in the vicinity of my own home in the beautyful Harz Mountains.

The congregation of the Gustav Adolf Church has been very supportive ever since I had put forward the idea to record the haunting sound of their beautiful instrument.
The aim was to produce a comprehensive sample set which would allow to create a true and authentic reproduction of the instruments tone.
The recording session was held in collaboration with the carillonist Stefan Klockgether in the quiet winter month of the following Year 2005. 

A certain force is required to strike the bells. This is why the carillon playing desk looks so different from the familiar piano keyboard layout. Carillon SpielerThe player does not use his fingertips  but his entire hands instead to strike the levers.
The number of notes to played at the same time would be very limited if there weren't the additional pedal.

Click at the player icon of your choice to watch a small demonstration movie that was shot durigng the recording session. It is available in AVI or Quicktime format. 

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(windows media player 9 or Quicktime 6 required)
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