Program for the Groningen Carillon Duo Concert Friday August 8 7pm

The McGaffin Carillon
The Church of the Covenant
University Circle
Cleveland, OH
August 8, 2014   7p.m.

A Carillon Concert by The Groningen Carillon Duo
Adolph Rots
Auke de Boer
Before each group, a bell will toll the corresponding number
1.            Baroque Music
                 a. Sonata in d                                              - Dominico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
b. Menuetto                                                 - Johann David Scheidler (XVIII)  
                 c. Minuetto moderato                                  - Carl Ludwig Traugott Gläser

2.            Original American Carillon Music
                Concerto for two to play                                - Ronald Barnes (1927-1997)
Allegro moderato
3.            Hymn melody                                                    - Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
Variations on a Shaker Melody                
          from ´Appalachian Spring´

4.            Classical Music
    a. from Symphony no. 94  ‘the Surprise’          - Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
                b. Marche Militaire opus 51:1                           - Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

5.            Some other good stuff from the old box                                            
                  a. Jazz Pizzicato                                            - Leroy Anderson (1908-1975)  
b. Fiddle-Faddle

6.            Encore
Perfect Day                                                       - Lou Reed  (1942-2013)
Arrangements: Adolph Rots

The best locations for hearing the concert are on the lawn west of the church or on the Case campus behind the church, including the Harkness Chapel and Mather courtyards. The audience can greet the performers following the concert near the tower entrance on the Euclid Avenue side of the church.


1a. The Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti lived in Spain as composer of the court. There he wrote over 600 sonatas for harpsichord.
1b/c. Both J.D. Scheidler and C.L.T. Gläser are unknown composers but their Menuettos are very elegant in style and sound.
2. Ronald Barnes, one of the most influential promoters of American carillon music composed the ‘Concerto for two to play’ for carillon duo adapting the traditional and classical sonata form in a brilliant 20th century masterpiece in three parts: fast-slow-fast.
Gary White is another famous composer who wrote several interesting pieces for carillon.
4. After a period of musical experiments in New York Aaron Copland decided to write his music in an understandable artistic way in simple forms. ´Appalachian Spring´ (1944) is one of his finest ballet pieces. The Shaker Hymn is well known as ´Simple Gifts´.
5. The nickname ´Surprise´ of Symphony 94 by Joseph Haydn is due to the forte moment after the simple first lines of the second movement: Andante. In the third movement: Menuett the traditional ABA-form (menuet-trio-menuet) is present.
Franz Schubert wrote several Military Marches for piano duet. Op 51:1 in D is the best known.
3 + 6. Compositions of Leroy Andersen are now part of the popular classical repertoire of many symphony orchestras. They are appreciated because of their nice melodies and sparkling energy. They also sound nice on bells. ´Jazz Pizzicato´ (1938) was such a success that it was followed by a new piece: ´Jazz Legato´ (1939). ´Fiddle-Faddle´ was created in 1947, two years after the successful ´Syncopated Clock´.
Last year the rock artist Lou Reed died. The music and lyrics of Lewis Allen Reed have been controversial but in ´Perfect Day´ (1997) you don´t hear that at all. In 2008 Lou Reed and his wife visited the carillon of the Martini tower in Groningen.
                                                                                                                               --Notes by the Groningen Carillon Duo

The Groningen Carillon Duo
Adolph Rots  studied organ, church music and school music at the Utrecht Conservatorium. His carillon instructor at the Netherlands Carillon School was Bernard Winsemius. He currently is City Carillonneur in Appingedam, Veendam, Winschoten and Groningen.
Since 1983, he has been cantor-organist of the Nicolaikerk in Appingedam on the facinating Hinsch organ. In addition, he teaches music pedagogy at the Hanze Hogeschool in Groningen. He is a member of various professional organizations and has published a number of articles on bells and organs.
Auke de Boer studied carillon with Bernard Winsemius at the Netherlands Carillon School. He also studied organ, conducting and church music. Currently, Auke is City Carillonneur and organist in Dokkum and Groningen and  is employed by Groningen State University and the city of Assen. Other positions include teaching at the music school “de Wâldsang” in Buitenpost and the Liudger College in Drachten. Each year, Auke and Adolph Rots perform several recitals in the northern part of Holland as part of the Groningen Carillon Duo. They have toured Denmark, Belgium, France and the USA. Auke has also made a solo tour of the USA, Canada and Japan.
Since 2002 Adolph & Auke have served as City Carillonneurs at the famous Hemony carillon (1662) of the Martini tower (1482)  in Groningen (
The McGaffin Carillon
Consisting of forty-seven cast bronze bells, the carillon was made in Asten, The Netherlands by the Eijsbouts Bell Foundry for Schulmerich Carillons, Inc. of Sellersville, Pennsylvania. The bells, made of metal in the proportion of eighty percent copper and twenty percent tin, are tuned to the equal tempered scale. Each bell produces a perfect Flemish bell tone consisting of a strike tone, a hum tone a full octave below, a minor third, a fifth and an octave above the strike tone. Besides being perfectly in tune within itself, each bell must be in tune with other bells of the carillon. The clapper of each bell is connected by a stainless steel wire to the clavier in a room immediately below the bell deck. The weight of the carillonneur's strike on the batons of the clavier determines the loudness of the sounding bells. The actual bell weight of the carillon is around fifteen thousand pounds, with the bourdon bell weighing twenty eight hundred pounds and the smallest bell twenty-nine pounds. Around the top of each bell is a frieze made up of figures of the four gospel writers with their medieval symbols. Also included is the inscription "Schulmerich-Eijsbouts me fecit for The Church of the Covenant, Cleveland, MCMLXVIII." (Schulmerich-Eijsbouts made me for The Church of the Covenant, 1968.)
                                                                                                                       -- from the dedication program of  9 June 1968
The carillon is played every Sunday before and after the 10:00 morning worship and before other services and concerts. During the summer months the tower is open to visitors following worship.