DES MOINES - STP : USA - IA

*Location:

   Cathedral Church of St.Paul (Episcopal)
   9th and High Streets
   Des Moines, Iowa, USA
   LL: N 41.58779, W 93.62939
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*Carillonist:

   David Raymond, Cathedral Organist
   E: organist@cathedralchurchofstpaul.org
*Past carillonists:
   10Je1990 ded.chime - R.M.Watson
    5Oc1997 ded.carillon - R.M.Watson

*Contact:

   St.Paul's Cathedral
   815 High Street
   Des Moines, IA  50309-2714
   T: (515)288-7297   F: (515)288-1470

*Schedule:

   (unknown)

*Remarks:

   Old bells retuned by R.M.Watson.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 25 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is E  in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  4 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     C D   /    C D   
   There are two missing bass semitones
   There is a practice console
   The instrument was enlarged in 1997
     with  3 bells made by Meeks,Watson
   Prior history:
     In 1989, the instrument was enlarged to 14 bells
       by Petit & Fritsen
       (3 bells were added in and/or remain from that work.)
     In 1989, the bells were retuned
       by the maker cited in Remarks above
     In 1896, the instrument was begun with 11 bells
       by McShane     
   Auxiliary mechanisms: Q     
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2006
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

The Cathedral Website has a page about the carillon, under Music.  The photo banner at the top of every page shows part of the tower.

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the McShane bellfoundry.
Where the second phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Petit & Fritsen bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
(Retuning is not separately indexed.)
Where the third phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Meeks & Watson bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by pitch (weight).
Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by year of completion.

Other small carillons with similar keyboard ranges.

Index to all traditional carillons in IA.

Index to all tower bell instruments in IA.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on 31-Jul-15
   based on textual data last updated on 2015/07/25
   and on technical data last updated on 2012/07/20
*Photos:

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Tower from south

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