Lowell House Harvard University Holyoke Place Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA LL: N 42.37112, W 71.11822*Former location of original bells:
Danilov Monastery Moskva (Moscow), USSR (now Russia)
The Lowell House Ringing Society (The Klappermeisters) c/o Ben Rapoport, Head Bell Ringer E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Master of Lowell House Harvard University Cambridge, MA 02138 T: (617)493-1600 E: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org - or - Lowell House Building Manager E: email@example.com
Sundays 1300; Third Monday 1830; Commencement; annual (May) playing of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture".
Zvon, with pitches approximately G0,A,C,D,D#,G1,C,G2,A,C,D,D#,F,G3,A,B,C. Original bells cast 1790-1890; an 18th bell was at the Harvard Business School; all were part of what was once perhaps as many as 34 bells in the Danilov Monastery, and were rescued from the Bolsheviks by an American businessman. Rung here for the last time at Commencement in June 2008, then taken down for return to the Danilov Monastery in exchange for an equivalent set of new bells cast in 2007 by Vera LLC, Voronezh, Russia, gift of a Russian businessman.
Zvon of 17 bells Pitch of heaviest bell is G in the bass octave Transposition is not applicable Keyboard range: ZVON / NONE The arrangement of tones and/or semitones is non-standard; see Remarks above. All bells were replaced in 2008 by the maker cited in Remarks above Prior history: In 1930, a 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 2008
A Harvard Magazine article gives a brief history of the zvon and the plan to swap these historic bells for new bells. (Agreement was reached in September 2006.)
"The Harvard Crimson" article on the planned return, with photo of the bass bell being rung by hand.
about "Harvard's Russian Bells Return Home"
The same article with accompanying audio track
Page of photos of the replacement bells for Harvard, at the ceremony of blessing outside the Danilov tower, wherein hang the gathered substitute bells used there for 20 years.
A tower photo
Since the original instrument was by an assortment of founders,
there is no foundry index entry for it.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of miscellaneous bellfoundries, in this region and in the world.
Ranking among all North American chimes by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all North American chimes by year of completion.
Where the bass bell of this zvon ranks among other great bells in North America
Index to North American zvons.
Index to all tower bell instruments in MA.
This page was built from the database on 13-Nov-08 based on textual data last updated on 2008/10/02 and on technical data last updated on 2008/06/30
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