Eyken, Johann Albert von


The son of an organist. Johann Albert von Eyken was born at Amersfoort, Holland; studied at the Leipsic Conservatory and afterward with Schneider in Dresden, and gave concerts with remarkable success in his native country. He was for six years organist in Amsterdam, and also taught at the Rotterdam School of Music. From 1854 till his death he was organist of the Reformed Church of Elberfeld. His numerous and wellknown organ works establish his rank as a composer. They include one hundred and fifty chorals with introductions; twenty-five preludes; sonatas; transcriptions; and arrangements for organ of Bach's clavier fugues; also songs and quartets; a sonata for violin; and music to Lucifer, a tragedy.