The Garden of Flute and Joy /

Der Fluyten Lust-hof

Music by  Jacob van Eyck etc.

Cantores Vagantes

Reet Sukk – recorders, renaissance flute

Taavi-Mats Utt – recorders

Taniel Kirikal – vocals and recorders

Robert Staak – lute

In collaboration with Lossimuusika

This time around, our travel destination is the Netherlands, we have arrived in the 17th century and our protagonist is a blind recorder-virtuoso jonkheer Jacob van Eyck. A great adventure taking place during the Dutch Golden Age awaits us. Despite his disability, Jacob van Eyck has become an organist and carillonneur of the Utrecht cathedral. And that is not all – it will not be long until no church in the Netherlands will accept a new carillon without the approval of van Eyck, whose quill has also produced the longest collection ever written for any solo wind-instrument, called “Der Fluyten Lust-hof”. To be more precise, he was playing melodies on his small recorder and added variations to these melodies, as the custom demanded. And these variations were very complex and rich. In fact they probably showed such mastery and expertise that the mayors of Utrecht assigned students to him. It was them who, under the strict supervision of van Eyck, wrote down his improvisations and that is how they appeared in the collection “Der Fluyten Lust-hof” already during the lifetime of van Eyck. Most of these pieces, from lute songs to chorales, were of critical meaning for Netherlands at that time. Considering the long distance, we also bring to the listener the original melodic versions and observe as a well-known madrigal or choral puts on a robe of the Netherland early-baroque and listen to sound of a recorder similar to that with which we believe Jacob van Eyck himself to have played.

 Program in Estonian is here


On November 20th 2022, 6 PM

at Kadriorg Art Museum