Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon

Nationality: Netherlands
Date of birth: 1562-01-01
Date of death: 1621-10-16

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck was born at Deventer in 1562 and died at Amsterdam on October 16, 1621.
He was a famous organist and the son of an organist, to whose post, at the Old Church of Amster-dam, he succeeded, occupying it until his death and crowding the church with a delighted auditory. Through his pupils, who came to him from Germany, Sweden, and elsewhere, the tradition of his playing was handed down, influencing the whole organ-playing art of northern Europe, including that of the great Bach himself. When Sweelinck died his son was appointed in his stead, and so for three gene¬rations, and probably for over a century, the Sweelinck family made music in the same building.
His compositions are mostly for church use - organ and choral works. The organ works show almost the earliest examples of independent pedal playing, and include the first completely worked-out fugues for organ, the elements of the form and style of which he took from the ricercari and fantasias of his day. Here, again, he prepared the way for Bach - who was to be born sixty-four years after he died. His work shows the influences of his personal friends, the English organists, John Bull and Peter Philips, respectively of Antwerp and Brussels. He left a treatise on composition, in which, as one exam¬ple, he included a canon by Bull - who wrote a fantasia based on a work of his.


Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck wordt in 1562 in Deventer geboren. Het muzikale onderricht wordt gegeven door zijn vader en door Jan Willemszoon Lossy, stadsmuzikant van Haarlem.


Jan Pzn Sweelinck publiceert de eerste uitgave van zijn werk in 1584 - een bundel chansons - onder de naam van zijn moeder (Swelinck) en niet onder zijn vaders naam, Peter Swybertszoon.


Jan Pzn Sweelinck overlijdt op 16 oktober 1621 te Amsterdam en wordt begraven in de ommegang van het koor van de Oude Kerk.

1894 - 1901

Het complete oeuvre van Jan Pzn. Sweelinck wordt door Max Seiffert in 10 delen uitgegeven.


Bij het label NM Classics verschijnt een box met 9 cd's: 'The complete keyboard works of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck".