Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Notes and Commentary

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck was a Dutch composer, organist, and pedagogue whose work straddled the end of the Renaissance and beginning of the Baroque eras. He was among the first major keyboard composers of Europe, and his work as a teacher helped establish the north German organ tradition. His work is widely recognized as the highest development of the Dutch keyboard school, and indeed represented a pinnacle in keyboard contrapuntal complexity and refinement before J.S. Bach. However, he was also a skilled composer for voices, and composed more than 250 vocal works. He lived from April or May, 1562, to October 16, 1621.—Excerpted from Wikipedia

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