Brussels, Royal Library, Ms II 3326 mus. Works by Abraham Van den Kerckhoven and other composers, edited by Jean Ferrard.
First complete edition. XXIII + 417 pages in two volumes.
This manuscript of the music department of the Royal Library of Belgium is of utmost importance in the history of organ music in Belgium: it is the main (and almost only) source for the music of the Brussels organist Abraham Van den Kerckhoven.
The 160 folios of the manuscript open with a Gloria (9 verses), one Salve Regina (5 verses), a Missa Duplex (17 verses). The next pieces are two series of many short verses in the eight church modes, followed by a third series, which stops after the third mode. The end of the manuscript (from folio 95 on, that is a little bit less than half of the whole manuscript) contains varied pieces (Fantasias, Fugues, Preludes and fugues) of larger scope.
The name or the initials of Kerckhoven are to be found at more than 24 occasions. Besides that, the manuscript contains the names of C. Vaes, A. Kolfs, Paepen and L. F. One piece by Girolamo Frescobaldi is also present. Most of the unsigned pieces may be attributed to Abraham Van den Kerckhoven, either because of their vicinity to signed compositions, or for their stylistic resemblance to signed pieces.
The manuscript has been partially published: A. (van den) Kerckhoven, Werken voor orgel, edited by Jos. Watelet, Berchem-Antwerpen, De Ring, 1933 (Monumenta Musicæ Belgicæ) but this score is nowadays out of print.
ECHOM 1 is the first complete publication of the whole manuscript, since Watelet published 137 pieces only, out of 364. The introduction of course mentions biographical discoveries made after 1933.
The Camphuizen Manuscript, edited by Pieter van Dijk and Frank van Wijk.
First complete edition, combining a scholarly transcription and a facsimile of the manuscript. VII + 97 pages.
Since 1960 the Library of the Utrecht University (NL) posesses an important source of Dutch keyboard music from the middle of the seventeenth century. The manuscript, in parchment binding written on music paper from the Amsterdam Publisher Paulus Matthijsz († 1684), contains 36 anonymous pieces for keyboard instrument. 21 are based on melodies from the so-called “Stichtelycke Rymen” by Dirck Rafaelsz Camphuysen (1586–1627), 9 are based on Genevan Psalm melodies, 2 on Balletti by Gastoldi and 4 on secular tunes. No composer names are mentioned. The carefully written manuscript is in one handwriting, probably the composer himself. No other sources of the pieces exist.
From the 36 pieces in the manuscript only a selection of 6 pieces was published by Alan Curtis in: Nederlandse klaviermuziek uit de 16e en 17e eeuw / Dutch keyboard music of the 16th and 17th centuries (Monumenta Musica Neerlandica III, Amsterdam 1961).