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Because of the variability in range between different carillons, all entries in the music catalog are marked with range requirements, as described below.

About Range Requirements

Considerable effort has been expended to verify and provide complete and detailed information about the range requirements of each item. We cannot, however, guarantee 100% accuracy of this information. Ultimately, examining the music itself is the only way to be sure. If you find errors in this catalog, please let us know at info@gcna.org. This will help us improve this catalog.

Usually, a range of 4 (octaves) means a piece is playable on a 47-bell carillon (no low C# or Eb). When lower chromatics are essential, those are specified in uppercase. Occasionally, some pieces are written for a three-octave carillon with two extra notes (going up to d). Those are specified in lowercase letters with a plus sign. Half-octave designations normally indicate that the range required extends up to a g (or down to G if that is indicated in uppercase). Note that many pieces written for G-compass carillons offer alternate notes for effective performance on four-octave carillons. No attempt is made to list these; such pieces are listed as "4." Thus, what is listed is the "minimum range requirement" for a given listing.

A few examples follow:

3.5/4 = The same piece is provided (in the same package) in a version requiring four octaves and in a version playable on a 3 1/2 octave carillon of 42 bells (c,d,e....g3).

3(Eb) = Three-octave piece requiring a low Eb (c,d,e-flat,e....c3: 36 bells)

3,4 = In a collection of pieces, some are written for three octaves, and some are for four octaves. In collections of several multi-movement works (such as the Telemann Fantasias), the range requirement is usually figured based on all the movements belonging to a single work (a Fantasia, in this case).

4(C#) = Low C# is essential to this piece, which requires a fully-chromatic carillon. (It should be assumed that Eb is needed as well.)

4{C#} = Piece calls for a fully-chromatic carillon, but in the opinion of the catalog editor, this piece may readily be adapted to performance on an instrument lacking low C#.

4(Bb) = Four-octave piece which requires a low Bb (but usually not a low B) beyond the four-octave range.

4.5(G) = Carillon with extended bass range (G,A,Bb,B,c....c4)

3.5{+a} = Piece mostly fits a 3 1/2-octave carillon, but also calls for an "a" above that range; in the opinion of the editor, the music may be readily adapted to fit a carillon lacking notes above "g."


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