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Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

(1562—1621)


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(b Deventer or Amsterdam, 1562; d Amsterdam, 1621).

Dutch composer, organist, harpsichordist, and teacher. Succeeded father as organist of Old Church, Amsterdam, c.1580, remaining in post until death. First composer to give independent part to the pedal and to write fully worked‐out fugues, thus pioneering and establishing form to be used by Bach. Taught most of great N. Ger. school of organists and was of immense influence. Wrote over 250 vocal works and 70 for keyboard. Set the entire psalter. Keyboard works show Eng. and It. influences.

Subjects: Music.


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