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Arie Peters' study carillon


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The legacy of one of Nijmegen's former carilloneurs, Willem de Vries, includes a photo of the keyboard of the carillon of the Stevenstoren taken in the period before 1936. It was on this console that Arie Peters, after his appointment as city carilloneur of Nijmegen in 1936, made the carillon sing over the city. Involuntarily one wonders, upon hearing the carillon sing, where the carilloneur exercises before he scatters the carillon sounds over the city. How Arie Peters himself as an apprentice carilloneur has mastered the carillon before his appointment in Nijmegen (1936) is not possible to ascertain today. According to his own statement, he received carillon instruction from Jan Wagenaar, carilloneur of the Dom Tower in Utrecht. Presumably this is J.A.H. Wagenaar II (JAH Wagenaar II 1894-1937) was carilloneur of the Dom until 1937. Fact is that Arie Peters attended the Carillon School "Jef Denyn" at Mechelen in 1939, in order to perfect his interpretation technique. Fact is that his father in law made a study console for him to practice at home. Which carillon console stood model for his home model is unknown. If the study console was constructed prior to his appointment in Nijmegen, the console of the carillon of the Dom Tower in Utrecht would probably have served as a model; if, on the other hand, it was built after his appointment to Nijmegen, the console of the St. Stephanus carillon must have been the example.
  • Image left: Photograph of the console of the carillon of the St. Stephanus Tower at Nijmegen before 1936, from the legacy of Willem de Vries.


    Because there was no carillon school in the Netherlands before 1953, upcoming carilloneurs were dependent on the world famous Carillon School "Jef Denyn" at Mechelen, or on the availability of a study keyboard at home. Although Arie Peters - former city carilloneur Nijmegen, Haarlem, and Cuijck - did not descend from a carilloneur family, he still possessed a study carillon of his own, on which he could prepare his performances. The study carillon was made by his father in law, Carel Alexander Walhof, an excellent carpenter.  The instrument did not produce melodious sounds, but offered the opportunity to practice harmonization between motor skills and musicality, before the carillon sounds were released over the city. We are talking about the period 1936 - 1971. From 1971 to 2009, the instrument was in storage.
    After Arie's retirement, the study keyboard was temporarily transferred to the collection of Stichting De Tradition, where it waited for a new destination. For a while it seemed that the instrument would have a place in the entrance hall of the St. Stephanus Tower at Nijmegen. However, although the Gilde Nymegen was very excited, the owner of the St. Stephanus Tower - the city of Nijmegen - thought differently. Through mediation of the then secretary of the Dutch Carillon Society, Janno den Engelsman, the promising Japanese carilloneur Toru Takao screen came into view. On October 3, 2010 the study carillon was transferred to Toru Takao, where it has found a new home.

    See also the image of the console of the carillon in the St. Stephanus Tower after the restoration in 1952, and the article by Peters-C 2011. Toru Takao and Arie Peters' stokkenklavier (1936). SDT Ref. Ser. Neth. 1, 1-2 (in Dutch).

  • Image left: Photograph of the study carillon at the office of Arie Peters, Nijmegen, around 1950 (Carel Alexander Walhof fecit )..

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