POTSDAM - G : GERMANY-DDR

   Glockenspiel zur Erinnerung
     an die Garnisonkirche

*Location:

   Garnisonkirche memorial plaza
   Dortustraße at Yorckstraße
   Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany
   LL: N 52.39726, E 13.05353
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*Contact:

   Preussisches Kulturerbe
   E: preussisches-kulturerbe@t-online.de

*Schedule:

   (unknown)

*Remarks:

   Original carillon, by J.A. deGrave,
   was installed in the first building
   (1720-22), and rehung in the second
   (1731-35), extended with 5 basses by
   Paul Maurer.  Destroyed by war in
   1945, along with two of the four
   swinging bells cast in 1939 by
   Schilling/Apolda; the surviving two are
   in Potsdam's Redeemer Church.
   Replacement funded by West German
   soldiers 1984-87; sited here in 1991
   after German reunification.

*Technical data:

   Electric-automatic carillon of 40 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is F# in the treble octave
   Transposition is up 18 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     C F   /    NONE  
   There are two missing bass semitones
   The instrument was enlarged in 1987
     with bells made by Petit & Fritsen
   Prior history:
     In 1986, the instrument was enlarged to 24 bells
       by Petit & Fritsen
     In 1984, the instrument was begun with  9 bells
       by Petit & Fritsen
     In 1736, the instrument was enlarged to 40 bells
       by the maker cited in Remarks above
       ( 0 bells remain from that work.)
     In 1722, the instrument was begun with 35 bells
       by the maker cited in Remarks above
       ( 0 bells remain from that work.)
   Year of latest technical information source is 2009
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.

*Links:

About the carillon, old and new

The Website for reconstruction of the church (in German) includes a page with photo showing the freestanding tower as dedicated in 1991.

Wikipedia (Germany) article on the building

The Wikimedia Commons category for the former church has more than 50 photos, including a view of the present tower and one of the bells.

A long Waymarking page has a history of the former carillon and a photo of present non-traditional carillon; also 5 photos in gallery
Another waymarking page (in a different category)

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 second phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of miscellaneous bellfoundries, in this region and in the world.
Where the third phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Petit & Fritsen bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the fourth phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Petit & Fritsen bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Petit & Fritsen bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

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

Index to all tower bell instruments in Germany:Brandenburg.

*Status:

   This page was built from the database on  5-Jun-09
   based on textual data last updated on 2009/05/23
   and on technical data last updated on 2009/05/23


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