The organist and the carillonneur

by Dennis Vallenduuk | Het ORGEL | Year 118 | (2022) | Issue 3

The carillon is a characteristic feature of the Low Countries.   Nowhere else in the world is the number of carillons per square kilometer so great as in The Netherlands and Flanders:  there are more carillons in these 2 countries than in the whole of the United States.   It is often, though not only, organists who sooner or later begin to play the carillon.   In this article an overview of the carillon as instrument, and a search for the similarities in organ and carillon culture in the Low Countries.   The author sketches the history of the instrument and places it within contemporary musical culture.