Personalities | Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck | Early Baroque | Classical

(Yän Pe’-ter-sun Sva’-lingk) 1562–1621
Netherlandish composer

Sweelinck was a composer, organist and teacher, numbering Scheidt among his pupils. He was enormously influential in the development of north and mid-German organ music, later prompting the most important writer on music of the German Baroque, Johann Mattheson (1681– 1764), to describe him as the ‘creator of Hamburg organists’. He worked all his life in Amsterdam, where he was organist at the Oude Kerk. He mastered the traditional form of the motet and created a synthesis of European styles, above all in his keyboard works, of which none was printed in his lifetime. His published vocal music includes Cantiones sacrae (1619) and secular songs.

Recommended Recording:
Cantiones sacrae, Trinity College Choir, Cambridge (dir) Richard Marlow (Hyperion)

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