ALBANY - CH : USA - NY

*Location:

   City Hall
   Eagle Street at Washington Avenue
   Albany, New York, USA
   LL: N 42.65174, W 73.75486
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*Carillonist:

   Amy Heebner   (C)
   1403 Delaware Turnpike
   Delmar, NY  12054-5407
   H: (518)768-2272   W: (518)474-4883
   E: AlbanyCarillon@yahoo.com
      AHeebner@nycap.rr.com
   - and -
   Dr. Charles Semowich   (A)
   242 Broadway
   Rensselaer, NY  12144-2705
   H: (518)449-4756   W: (518)434-8036
   E: semowich@bigfoot.com,
      semowich@att.net
      semowich@gmail.com
*Past carillonists:
   Se.1927  Jef Denyn (dedication)

*Contact:

   Friends of the Albany Carillon, Inc.
   Office of the Mayor
   City Hall, Suite 102
   24 Eagle Street
   Albany, NY  12207-1991
   T: (518)434-5100

*Schedule:

   Monday and Friday noon (Semowich),
   Wednesday noon (Heebner);
   summer series: 1pm Sundays Jun-Jul;
   various special events.

*Remarks:

   Originally 60 bells, including 13
   duplicate trebles.  For some years,
   only the lowest 35 bells were playable,
   and only from an ivory keyboard.
   New console extends to bass G in
   manual and pedal; these notes work on
   practice console.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 49 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is G  in the bass octave
   Transposition is down 3 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     A#C   /    A#C 25
   There are two missing bass semitones
   There is an identical practice console
   The instrument was enlarged in 1986
     with 30 bells made by Taylor      
   Prior history:
     In 1927, the instrument was begun with 47 notes using 60 bells
       by Taylor      
       (19 bells remain from that work.)
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details: 
     Height of console:                 40 meters above ground
     Height of lowest level of bells:   40 meters above ground
     Height of highest level of bells:  45 meters above ground
     Belfry openness:   .%
   Year of latest technical information source is 1989
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

This is one of only eight carillons which were originally equipped with Taylor's doubled trebles.

The carillon has its own Website, with a good photo and several pages of information.

The building's architectural style is the subject of a photo essay which includes several fine pictures of the tower from different perspectives.

Building photos from Emporis Buildings
(Also see our Emporis Advice.)

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

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

Other concert carillons with similar keyboard ranges.

The bass bell of this carillon is among all great bells in North America.

Index to all traditional carillons in NY.

Index to all tower bell instruments in NY.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on 18-Jul-16
   based on textual data last updated on 2016/07/03
   and on technical data last updated on 2014/08/06
*Photos:

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