Videos : Van Otterloo
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Visit PEM's YouTube channel to hear Boudewijn Zwart play complete musical arrangements by Bach, Led Zeppelin, Philip Glass and others.
Find out about Jan van der Heyden's painting, View of the Westerkerk, by visiting PEM's exhibition page for Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection. While exploring the exhibition, download free carillon bell ringtones for your mobile phone and re-create your own carillon with our free sample library.
The 51 bells of the Westerkerk can be heard all over the west end of Amsterdam. They chime every quarter hour, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also hear them during museum hours at the Peabody Essex Museum in the exhibition “Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks for the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection.”
On Tuesdays at noon, Boudewijn Zwart, city carillonneur for Amsterdam, climbs the 255 steps to the top of the Westeroren (West Tower) to play music on the carillon, a piano-like instrument connected to the Westerkerk’s many bells. In this excerpt, Zwart plays “Baletto del Granduca,” a piece by 17th-century Dutch composer Jan Pieterszn Sweelinck. Listen to the full performance and several others on PEM's YouTube channel. Click on the YouTube link at the bottom of this page.