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Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621) is indisputably the greatest Dutch composer and one who made an outstandingly significant contribution to the subsequent development of Western music. This is the first English book to deal comprehensively with both his life and his work. Sweelinck spent most of his life in Amsterdam, as the organist of the Oude Kirk, a post which he held for over 40 years. As the teacher of most of the great North German school of organists he was of immense influence and, indeed, it is for his keyboard compositions that he has primarily been known. His vocal works, which include a complete setting of the Geneva Psalter, a volume of Latin motets and a number of particularly attractive madrigals and chansons, have been largely neglected until now. With his thorough analysis of many works the author clearly demonstrates the relationship between Sweelinck's techniques in both fields of composition. All this is set in the context of Sweelinck's life in Amsterdam, a rising cultural centre in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and there emerges an informative and most interesting picture of this important figure of the late Renaissance.show more

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  • Paperback | 148 pages
  • 140 x 215mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 55 music examples, bibliography, index
  • 0193152584
  • 9780193152588