Thomas W. Anderson (d.2016)
2013-15 Austin Ferguson (A)
Vice President for Student Affairs
University of Texas
Austin, TX 78712
Original keyboard -Y36:CC/CE, with
bells connected to C,D,E chrom. to F,G.
Electric keyboard was used in 1980s.
Rehung, with new transmission, 2012-13.
Traditional carillon of 56 bells
Pitch of heaviest bell is A# in the bass octave
Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
Keyboard range: A#G / A#C 25
There are two missing bass semitones
There is an identical practice console
The instrument was enlarged in 1987
with 39 bells made by Petit & Fritsen
In 1936, the instrument was begun with 17 bells
(17 bells remain from that work.)
Auxiliary mechanisms: IQ4H
Height of console: 80 meters above ground
Height of lowest level of bells: 84 meters above ground
Height of highest level of bells: 89 meters above ground
Belfry openness: 90%
Year of latest technical information source is 1991
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be
found in a database printout.
A news article
(Apr.2013) on the restoration incorrectly asserts that the bells were recast.
report of the work reports rehanging the bells and renovating the action.
The text of the video is the article.
A drawing of the tower of Main Building is part of a logo on the
home page of the UT Website, and appears numerous other places.
On the day when the Webpage you are now reading was first linked to the UT Website,
a featured page there was on the
Darkening of the Tower
in memory of those who were slain in that vicinity 33 years earlier.
The tower also appears reflected in the pond of
Tower Garden, dedicated as a memorial on the same day.
Numerous references to the carillon are available through the internal search engine on the
UT Website. The most relevant ones can be found from the following starting points: + An index to news articles
about the Main Building points to many which have the carillon as subject.
Some of these are quite old, and bring out the history of the instrument and its players. + A set of pages about the Main
Building starts with a sketch of the tower and surrounding building from an aerial viewpoint. + The most complete pages are perhaps a
1987 news article
on the expansion from a chime to a carillon, and a very large photo-filled page on the
playing and history of the carillon.
Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the
Meneely (Watervliet) bellfoundry.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Petit & Fritsen bellfoundry,
in this region
and in the world.