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Jacob van Eyck (Composer)

Born: 1590, Heusden, Netherlands

Died: 26th March 1657, Utrecht, Netherlands

Nationality: Dutch

Jonkheer Jacob van Eyck was a Dutch nobleman and musician. He was one of the best-known musicians of the Dutch Golden Age, working as a carillon player and technician, an organist, a recorder virtuoso, and a composer. He was an expert in bell casting and tuning, and taught Pieter and François Hemony how to tune a carillon. Van Eyck is credited with developing the modern carillon together with the brothers in 1644, when they cast the first tuned carillon in Zutphen. He is also known for his collection of 143 melodies for recorder, Der Fluyten Lust-hof, the largest work for a solo wind instrument in European history.

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