“Sweeter the bells never sound”
Darmstadt Castle has had a carillon since 1671. It was rebuilt in 1951 after the Second World War, and in 2011 the control system, among other things, was thoroughly renovated. The carol programme currently consists of over 100 pieces.
For each month, as well as for Advent, Christmas, Easter and Whitsun, the programme includes pieces appropriate to the season and the church year, which are played at random by the control computer. A sacred song is played on the hour and a secular folk song on the half hour.
The “playlist” for the Advent season:
Macht hoch die Tür, die Tor macht weit
Es kommt ein Schiff, geladen
Dein König kommt in niedern Hüllen
Vom Himmel hoch, o Englein kommt
Wie soll ich dich empfangen
Lieb Nachtigall, wach auf
Die Nacht ist vorgedrungen
Maria durch ein Dornwald ging