From my PhD Research it became clear that mechanical carillons inform us about the performance practice of both the historical carillon repertoire and historical keyboard music in general. The comparative study of seventeenth and eighteenth centuries re-pinning and carillon books gave rise to a new methodology that originates in the observation that versteken (arrangements for the automatic carillon) imitate the play of the carillonneurs, and thus are an important source for a Historically Informed Performance. The method consists of both playing the versteken (practice-based research) and comparing them with other primary musical sources. use of intabulation technique (polyphonic reductions, diminutions) by carillonneurs, allowing polyphonic vocal works to be performed on the carillon. This intabulation practice was linked with the practice of improvisation.

Historical keyboard music

Sources ,Contexts and performance

Carl Van Eyndhoven (2013)

‘In playing those bells, his amazing dexterity raised my wonder much higher’: Carillon Performance Practice in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. In: A. Woolley, J. Kitchen (Eds.), (Paper No. 10), (141-155). Presented at the 1st International Conference on Historical Keyboard Music, Edinburgh, 01 Jul 2011-03 Jul 2011. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate.

Carl Van Eyndhoven (2015)

Mechanical Carillons as a Source for Historical Performance: An Artistic Reconstruction of Seventeenth-Century Carillon Music Using Historical Re-pinning Books. Journal of the Alamire Foundation, 7 (1), 103-121.

Journal of the Alamaine Foundation


After the music

Musical heritage in Flanders and the Netherlands

Carl Van Eyndhoven (2010)

À la recherche du temps perdu: een artistieke reconstructie van de beiaardmuziek in de zeventiende en achttiende eeuw. In: M. Beirens, E. Kempers, H. Moyson (Eds.), Achter de muziek aan. Muzikaal erfgoed in Vlaanderen en Nederland.. Leuven / Den Haag: Acco.

Carl Van Eyndhoven (2014)

Carillons et carillonneurs dans le Hainaut aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles. Presented at the Rencontres Musicologiques de Valenciennes 2014, Valenciennes, 16 May 2014-17 May 2014

Carl Van Eyndhoven (2012) – PhD thesis KU Leuven

A la recherche dus temps perdu. Een artistieke reconstructie van de beiaardmuziek tussen 1600 en 1650 in de Zuidelijke Nederlanden op basis van historische versteekboeken.