In Depth Course

The first focal point of this international Recorder Class will be the oeuvre of Van Eyck. Jacob van Eyck (c.1590-1657) has created a central collection of works from the recorder repertoire with Der Fluyten Lust-hof. Based on well-known melodies of the time, they are evidence of the high level of virtuoso ornamentation and improvisation on this instrument.

This is also a unique example of the varied vocal and dance repertoire of the Netherlands, which is also strongly fed by impulses from countries that are not only bordering countries. It is also this international aspect which had us chose van Eyck as promising starting point.

In this Artistic Research Project the participants collect information and analyse in a database and then translate them in various (mostly) online workshops into a variety of interpretations, independent of the use of a historicizing instrument. The development of one’s own modes is then the natural next step of this project.

TOPICS (selection)

  • Approach to the Complete Oeuvre from a Performer’s Point of View
  • In the Style of…. Improvisation
  • In the Style of… Ornamentation
  • van Eycking – Compositions in the style of…
  • The “Right” Instrument – Discussion with Recorder Makers
  • The Sound of Birds – Meet an Ornithologist
  • van Eyck in the Dark – Music and Blindness
  • Echo echo echo….. Using One’s Phantasy
  • Music Images – Paintings of the 17th Century

The sessions will be recorded and can be viewed until the end of the course.


Information available soon.


  • recorder students
  • graduates of recorder studies
  • music lovers / students with relatedness to the recorder
  • music lovers / students with relatedness to the topics
  • recorder pedagogues, who want to encourage already the junior recorder players to approach to the melodies which van Eyck uses



Selection in coordination with the teachers of 4 pieces of different types (song, dance, psalm…). For each piece:

  • prepare a recording
  • research the historical context
  • write an analysis on the piece
  • write a personal reflection / document your research process
  • write new diminutions
  • write critical reviews on existing recordings of the selected piece


  • Prepare and present a combined paper on a research question within an international research group
  • Choose a folk song of your cultural background and write or improvise diminutions
  • Select one of the used non-English articles and provide a translation into English


The meetings will be held via Zoom. Please make sure that you have a stable and fast internet connection.

The online resources (including the recorded guest lectures) are provided via Moodle. After subscription of the course, the login-data will be sent to you. For further questions use the discussion forum on Moodle.