October 09, 2007
Carillon Bells
Posted by Gordon Smith

Carillon As I walked from Senator Reid's talk to my office, the Carillon Bells were playing. Though I have heard those bells countless times, I paid special attention today because I recently learned that someone was actually inside the bell tower playing them! (Another podcast success story)

I had always assumed that the tunes were mechanized in some way, like a big music box. Apparently, the people who play the bells here also play the organ, though the two instruments are quite different.

Another fact I didn't know until listening to that podcast: there are only 148 carillons in the U.S. and about 500 worldwide. They are very popular in Belgium and the Netherlands.

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