Carillon

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Traffic wheels through slush

snow falls on a grey city

layers of time huddle

Passersby smile as Baroque

chimes from a hidden spire.

©2017 Ontheland

I was in Toronto on Monday afternoon parking my car when I thought I was dreaming.  I heard what sounded like a Bach chorale wafting through city sounds.  And then I saw the green spire, which you can see in the photo.  I imagine the carillon musician was preparing for a concert.

In 1922 the carillon of Metropolitan United Church was the first tuned Carillon to be installed in North America.  It started with 23 bells and now has 54.  I lived in Toronto for over 30 years but don’t recall hearing the carillon before, except perhaps to chime the hour.  It was my lucky day!

 

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