Fantasia & Echo - Jacob van Eyck, Saskia Coolen & Arie Abbenes by Vrede van Utrecht published on 2013-06-05T10:38:46Z The Dom Tower The Dom Tower is the most important landmark of the city of Utrecht and one can see it from almost every point in the city centre. The Dom Tower is 112,3 metres (367 feet) tall, which makes it the tallest tower in Utrecht and the tallest church tower in The Netherlands. Through the entire city centre the clocks of the carillon of the Domtower are heard. It is, however, not well known that an important composer and inventor of carillon music lived and worked in Utrecht. Jacob van Eyck (1590-1657), who was born blind, not only was the city’s official carillon player, but as a ‘Director of carillons’ responsible for all carillons in the city. During his life, all the churches in Utrecht received a well-tuned carillon, something that was quite extraordinary at the time. He also composed a lot of music for the carillon, and the recorder, an instrument he played himself often while walking through the city. To commemorate Jacob van Eyck, there is a stone with his name at the feet of the Domtower. Each 30 minutes, the carillon plays an tune automatically generated tune. A lot less often the carillon is played by a carilloneur. As an example of sound of the carillon when it is played by a performer, you can listen here to a recording of the former city carilloneur Arie Abbenes, together with Saskia Coolen, who plays the recorder. Jacob van Eyck : a wonder for all the ages in his flute and bell-playing / Jacob van Eyck ; Saskia Coolen (recorder) ; Arie Abbenes (carillon).