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After a Higher Technical College (HTS) course in electrical engineering, Hans Meijer attended the conservatory to study classical guitar where he specialised in playing the romantic guitar; he also studied renaissance and baroque lute music; Spanish and Italian vihuela; and also theorbed baroque and renaissance guitar. While a HTS student he already built his first Flemish harpsichord, followed by copies of original guitars, lutes, vihuelas, harpsichords & clavichords; he also learnt to restore square pianos. This enabled him to acquire a large collection of historical instruments which are now being used in performances of lesser-known or unknown pieces from the early history of these instruments, such as music for renaissance and baroque lute; for renaissance and baroque guitar; romantic guitar; vihuela, virginal and clavichord music; and early romantic piano music. From 1978 Hans Meijer was employed as recording-engineer-editor for Philips Classics. In order to make the most of his acquired knowledge of classical music, instruments and recording techniques, he founded the Foundation Musick's Monument in 1992.





Francesca Lebrun

Sophie Lebrun Dulken

Johan Lodewijk Dulken-1756

8 juni 1760 dopen Daniel Lodewijk Dulcken


9 augustus 1761

"DULKEN [sic](Jan Lodewijk), geboren te Amsterdam den 5den Augustus 1761, leerde aldaar en naderhand te Parijs, onder de leiding zijns vaders, de kunst om klavieren, piano-fortes en andere instrumenten te maken. In 1781 deed de keurvorst van Beijeren hem te Munchen komen, waar hij de beroemde klavierspeelster Sophia Le Brun trouwde, en waar hij zich nog in 1812 bevond. De instrumenten, die hij vervaardigde, bezitten eenen zoo hoogen graad van volkomenheid, wat de toon en het zuivere mechanisme betreft, dat zij niet alleen door geheel Duitschland, maar zelfs in Zwitserland en Italië vespreid zijn geworden en er zeer gezocht waren.

trouwacte Jan : Johannes Dulken

Louis Dulcken





Sophia Lebrun

The harpsichord-maker of the greatest eminence, after them, was J. Dan. Dulcken.

Charles Burney (1726-1814) took on the three roles of music historian, composer, and musician. His first music books, The Present State of Music in France and Italy… (London, 1771) and The Present State of Music in Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Provinces… (London, 1773), were the results of his extensive travels around Europe. His 1770 trip took him from London to Paris, Geneva, Turin, Milan, Padua, Venice, Bologna, Florence, Rome, and Naples. His second tour, through Germany and the Low Countries, resulted in his second book. All of this was in support of his General History of Music, which came out in 4 volumes (I: 1776, II: 1782, III and IV: 1789).

His daughter, the novelist Frances (Fanny) Burney, wrote a biography of her father after his death in 1814. The
Memoirs of Doctor Burney, three in volumes, appeared in 1832 and is where much of the information about Burney’s social circles comes to life.

Dr. Burney's Musical Tours in Europe, Volume II. An Eighteenth-Century Musical Tour in Central Europe and the Netherlands


The famous harpsichord-makers, of the name of Ruckers, whose instruments have been so much, and so long admired all over Europe, lived in this city: there were three, the first, and the father of the other two, was
John Ruckers (1) who flourished at the beginning of the last century. His instruments were the most esteemed, and are remarkable for the sweetness and fulness of their tone. On the left hand of the sound-hole, in the bellies of these instruments, may be seen a large H, the initial of Hans, which, in the Flemish language, means John. André the eldest of John's sons, distinguished his work, by an A, in the sound-hole. His large harpsichords are less esteemed than those made by any one of that name; but his small instruments, such as spinets, and virginals, are excellent. Jean, the youngest son's harpsichords, though not so good as those of the father, are very much esteemed for the delicacy of their tone; his instruments may be known by the letter I, in the sound-hole. The harpsichord-maker of the greatest eminence, after them, was J. Dan. Dulcken; he was a Hessian. At present there is a good workman at Antwerp, of the name of Bull,(2) who was Dulcken's apprentice, and who sells his double harpsichords for a hundred ducats each, with only plain painted cases, and without swell or pedals; the work too of Vanden Elsche, a Flamand, has a considerable share of merit; but, in general, the present harpsichords, made here after the Rucker model, are thin, feeble in tone, and much inferior to those of our best makers in England.

I cannot quit this city, without mentioning a particular mark of attention, with which I was honoured by father Gesquiere, the night before my departure. In the morning he had communicated to me a very ancient Latin manuscript upon music; but though the writing proved it to be of great antiquity, we could not exactly fix the date of it; there were likewise some letters of the alphabet, used as musical characters in it, which were not easy to determine, as it was difficult to distinguish an A from an O, or a D, on account of the great resemblance of these letters in the manuscript; but by a note written in elegant Latin, with which he favoured me at night, I found that these difficulties had occupied his mind the whole day; indeed he seemed entirely to have spent it in trying to clear up the first, and offered his future service in removing the last.

(1) Ruckers. The famous family firm was active in Antwerp from about 1580 to about 1670. Grove
has a very full account of the family and a descriptive catalogue of the instruments made by them, so far as these still exist.

(2)Bull The great English harpsichordist and harpsichord composer, Dr. John Bull (c. 1562-1628) spent hu last eleven years as organist of Antwerp Cathedral, and it is to be regretted that Burney did not seek out the Antwerp Bull of his day and inquire as to his descent and as to possible local raditions concerning him.


1829 J.G. Meijer :Dulken

Carel Hendrik Meijer overlijden

MN Meijer

Meijer genealogie-2
Matthijs Nicolaas Meijer 1914 kopie

Johan Casper Hendrik Meijer:Heijnse

Johan Casper Hendrik Meijer:Heijnse





19-06-1799 Ondertrouwregister Amsterdam
Johan Casper Hendrik Meijer van
Lijsen dorp in ’t Hannover Luthers oud 28 jaren
Anna Aleyd Heijnse van Broekse in ’t Hannover Luthers oud 23 jaren

Het keurvorstendom Brunswijk-Lüneburg (Kurfürstentum Braunschweig-Lüneburg), soms keurvorstendom Hannover genoemd, was het negende keurvorstendom van het Heilige Roomse Rijk in 1692.

In 1714 werd de protestantse George Lodewijk koning van Groot-Brittannië via de bloedlijn van zijn moeder Sophia van de Palts en werden Hannover en Groot-Brittannië geregeerd in een personele unie.

George III Willem Frederik (Norfolk House, City of Westminster, 4 juni 1738 — Windsor Castle, 29 januari 1820) was koning van Groot-Brittannië en koning van Ierland vanaf 25 oktober 1760. Hij was ook hertog van Brunswijk-Lüneburg en keurvorst van Hannover, gebieden die in het Heilige Roomse Rijk lagen.

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