Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

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Born: 1562-1621
Nationality: Dutch
Education/Training:
must have received first music training from his father, who was an organist; continued his training under Jacob Buyck
Best Known For:
Bridging the end of the Renaissance with the beginning of the Baroque
Notable Compositions:
among the first major keyboard composers; also composed more than 250 vocal works including motets, madrigals, chansons and Psalms
Assignments:
served as the organist for the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam for 44 years, starting at age 15; was succeeded at the post by his son, Dirk Pieterszoon; was also in great demand as a teacher
Curious Facts:
Sweelinck was actually his mother's name, which he began using around 1594; was a master improviser on the organ
Notable Recordings:
Het Sweelinck Monument
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