The Tennessee Bicentennial Bells
     [part 1]


   Bicentennial Capitol Mall
   7th Avenue North at Jefferson Street
   Nashville, Tennessee, USA
   LL: N 36.17252, W 86.78883 [keybd]
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   Thurman Mullins, Park Manager
   Tea Building
   598 James Robertson Parkway
   Nashville, TN  37243-3081
   T: (615)741-5280
   - or -
   Rick Brooks, Park Ranger
   600 James Robertson Parkway
   Nashville, TN  37243-3081
   T: (615)741-5280   F: (615)532-2683




   The larger of two similar instruments
   collectively housed in 50 individual
   cylindrical towers arranged in two
   concentric circles; played from the lower
   keyboard of a 2-manual electric console
   or from a traditional keyboard with
   velocity-sensitive electric action,
   both housed in a round room to the
   southwest of the circle.
   One set of bells has bronze clappers,
   the other has cast iron.  (Which?)

*Technical data:

   Electric-keyboard carillon of 48 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is unknown
   Transposition is unknown
   Keyboard range:     C C   /    NONE  
   There is one missing bass semitone
   The whole instrument was installed in 1999
     with bells made by Petit & Fritsen
   Year of latest technical information source is 2000


The complete Park is described and pictured here.  The two carillons are mentioned (and partially pictured) on this page.  Click Historical Significance in the menu at left, or Carillons in the menu above the bottom of the page, for a better photo and description (though the claim of "largest in the world" is false by any method of measurement).

Video (2:41) about the Court of Three Stars (Nashville Bicentennial), including an explanation of connection to The Tennessee Waltz, which is played at the hour (fragments played at the quarter hours).

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Petit & Fritsen bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

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

Index to all tower bell instruments in TN, including the 47-bell non-traditional carillon (TB/2) at the same place.


   This page was built from the database on 11-Apr-10
   based on textual data last updated on 2010/03/28
   and on technical data last updated on 2007/06/30

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