Carl Van Eyndhoven, PhD in the Arts

The remarkable development of the carillon in the 17C (culminating with the brothers François and Pieter Hemony) sharply contrasts withthe lack of carillon literature dating from this period. Until now, only two versteek-books from the first half of the 17C have come to light: the versteek-book written by Hendrick Claes (Brussels, ca. 1616-1633) and the versteek-book by Théodore de Sany (Brussels, 1648). These merely contain arrangements for automatic carillon. Recent research not only reveals that these versteek-books are interesting because of resulting repertory research, but also that comparative research of versteek-books andcarillon literature with related musical sources is highly important toarrive at a well founded performance of carillon repertoire. By analogywith these findings, this PhD-research aims at reconstructing a 17C - carillon book, based on a comparative analysis of, on the one hand, thesetwo versteek -books and related sources and, on the other hand, 17C - carillons (keyboards, drums). 


  • Prof. dr. David Burn (supervisor, KU Leuven)
  • Mr. Erik Van Nevel (co-supervisor, LUCA) 

Research Unit: Music & Drama

Duration: completed 2012