Pieter Hellendaal


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(b Rotterdam, bapt. 1 April 1721; d Cambridge, 19 April 1799). Dutch violinist, organist, and composer. He studied in Italy with Tartini but by 1744 was again living in the Netherlands, in Amsterdam. In 1751 he left for London, where he gave several concerts. He settled in England, becoming organist of Pembroke College, Cambridge, in 1762. He was well known as a teacher and took an active part in musical life in Cambridge, Oxford, and Norwich. His published works include two books of violin sonatas (Amsterdam, c.1745, c.1750), Six Grand Concertos and Six Solos for violin (London, 1758, 1761), and Eight Solos for the Violoncello with a Thorough Bass (Cambridge, c.1780). The written-out cadenzas to his autograph violin sonatas, now in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, provide valuable insights into late 18th-century performance practice.

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