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Name that tune

For the first time in its storied history, Marquette’s carillon marks time by striking an entirely new set of musical notes. Carilloneur Mark Konewko announced the switch from the Westminster, the melody played since the carillon was installed in the Marquette Hall belltower in the 1960s, to the St. Michael, named after the melody played in St. Michael the Archangel Church in the United Kingdom.

“The time strike, or Voorslag,” Konewko says, “is made up of four phrases that use four bells: D-C-F-G, F-G-D-C, C-D-G-F and G-F-C-D.”

Who knew only four bells could create such a beautiful sound? Most people on campus just love hearing the carillon music wafting through the air  whatever the melody.

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