Military Museum of Vitautas the Great
   Kaunas (Kovno), Lithuania
   LL: N 54.9, E 23.9
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   Giedrius Kuprevicius
   Rokiskio 12-1
   Kaunas 233005
   T: Kaunas 22 55 19
   E: giedrius.kuprevicius@ktu.lt
   - and -
   Raimundos Eimontas
   - and -
   Julius Vilnonis
   T: 7/220484
   E: vilnonis@hotmail.com
*Past Carillonneur:
   Victoras Kuprevicius (1900-1992)




   Automatic play at noon daily.


   Cast 1935; installed 1937, replacing
   the earlier chime.  Planned expansion
   may add two basses and 12 trebles.
   Also in tower: Lithuanian Liberty Bell,
   cast in Chicago, IL, 1919, 98 cm diam.,
   rung by rope & lever; and a 3-ton
   Russian bell, 184 cm diameter, 1901,
   formerly in Garrison Church
   of Kaunas.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 36 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is G# in the middle octave
   Transposition is up 3 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     F F   /    F --  
   There is one missing bass semitone
   The whole instrument was installed in 1935
     with bells made by Michiels    
   Prior history:
     In 1922, a complete instrument of  8 bells was installed
       by an unknown maker
       (0 bells remain from that work.)
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 1992
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.

The Website of Giedrius Kuprevicius, Lithuanian composer and carillonneur, is in Lithuanian and English.  It has his resume, and a page on the Kaunas carillon, with a photo of the tower and the history of the bells.

Stock photo (B/W) shows Kaunas composer Viktoras Kuprevicius in the clock tower of the Lithuanian Historical Museum at his original musical instrument on which he plays classical pieces; shows a large ornately decorated bell, several small bells with interior clappers and external hammers, and roller bar transmission.

The initial phase of this work being possibly unknowable, there is no index link for it.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Michiels bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

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

Index to all traditional carillons in Lithuania.

Index to all tower bell instruments in Lithuania.

   This page was built from the database on 10-Aug-15
   based on textual data last updated on 2015/08/05
   and on technical data last updated on 2006/04/24

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