Beiaardier en klokkendeskundige[ bewerken brontekst bewerken ] Jonkheer Jacob van Eyck werd waarschijnlijk in Heusden geboren als kind van adellijke ouders. Hij was al bij zijn geboorte blind. Hij ontwikkelde zich in Heusden als campanoloog klokkendeskundige en beiaardier. Van Eycks kennis is van cruciale betekenis geweest voor de ontwikkeling van het klokkenspel. Samen goten zij in het eerste perfect gestemde carillon voor de Wijnhuistoren in Zutphen. Dit klokkenspel is bij een brand verloren gegaan.
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Though he is known today largely for his collection of recorder solos, Der Fluyten Lust-hof, his contributions to the art of carillon-making and playing were substantial. Van Eyck spent his early years at Heusden in southern Holland before being appointed carillonist in Utrecht in , and had several pupils. He was the first to discover the link between the overtone structure and the shape of the bell. In partnership with the famous bellfounders, the Hemony brothers, he worked out the dimensions for the "pure" bell, which spread throughout Europe and became the standard carillon bells.
His theory is still used by bellfounders today. In addition to his carillon duties, the cathedral paid Van Eyck an additional salary to wander the grounds of Utrecht cathedral and entertain the passers-by with songs on his recorder.
Der Fluyten Lust-hof contains sets of variations on a variety of melodies popular in Renaissance Holland. Although Van Eyck wrote them for amateur musicians, the different sets commonly increase in technical difficulty towards the end.
Some of them are very difficult indeed. This is one of the largest Renaissance collections of solo recorder music. It is particularly unusual as the instrument used is the less popular descant recorder rather than the more common alto.
Der Fluyten Lust-hof
Der Fluyten Lust-Hof