GRAZ - GM : AUSTRIA

   Toenendes Erz dat Graz
   (Sounding bronze of Graz)

*Location:

   Gottfried Maurer residence
   Glockenspielplatz
   Abraham-a-Santa-Clara-gasse
   Graz, Steiermark, Austria
   LL: N 47.0712, E 15.4409
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*Contact:

   Das Glockenspielhaus
   Stempfergasse 1
   A-8010 Graz
   T: 0664/141 17 09   F: 0316/322742-4
   E: office /@/ glockenspielhaus DOTat
   - or -
   Stadtverwaltung
   Magistrat Graz
   8010 Graz-Rathaus
   T: 0316/872-0
   E: stadtverwaltung /@/ stadt.graz DOTat

*Schedule:

   Daily at 1100, 1500, 1800.
   Tunes changed five times each year.

*Remarks:

   800-pin mechanical drum with three
   animated figures.  Bequeathed to the
   city of Graz in 1929.  Original bells,
   by Peter Hilfer (Wiener Neustadt),
   were taken for war materiel in WW II;
   restored with bells by Grassmayr.
   (Report of the original instrument
   being in the city hall is erroneous.)

*Technical data:

   Mechanical-automatic carillon of 24 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is D  in the treble octave
   Transposition is not applicable
   Keyboard range:     ----  /    ----  
   There are no missing bass semitones
   All bells were recast or replaced in 1956
     by the maker cited in Remarks above
   Prior history:
     In 1905, the complete instrument was installed
       with bells made by the maker cited in Remarks above
       (0 bells remain from that work.)
   Year of latest technical information source is 1966
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.

*Links:

A city tourism page (in English) has a photo and description of the animated figures, as well as the playing schedule.  Follow the link to another page which pictures the building, relates the history of the Maurer carillon, and briefly describes the one in Mariahilfer Kirche.

A German-language Website about the building, now commercially managed as a venue for special events, has small exterior photos.  There is a photo of the glockenspiel at rest, and the bell tower above.  The History page has small interior photos.  A photo of the upstairs meeting room shows the clock mechanism in a windowed space.

A tourist's photo gives the best depiction of the complete glockenspiel.

Another shows more of the bell tower.

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of miscellaneous bellfoundries, in this region and in the world.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Grassmayr bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all European non-traditional carillons by pitch (weight).
Ranking among all European non-traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all European non-traditional carillons by year of completion.

Index to all tower bell instruments in Austria.

*Status:

   This page was built from the database on 14-Nov-07
   based on textual data last updated on 2007/11/02
   and on technical data last updated on 1979/08/07


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