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 Jan Sweelinck

Jan Sweelinck

Birth
Deventer, Deventer Municipality, Overijssel, Netherlands
Death 16 Oct 1621 (aged 59)
Amsterdam, Amsterdam Municipality, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Burial Amsterdam, Amsterdam Municipality, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Memorial ID 11590 · View Source
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Composer. The most important Dutch musician of his time, his music bridged the gap between the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Although he apparently never left Holland, Sweelinck's style was cosmopolitan, reflecting his study of scores from Italy and England. He was among the first to develop the fugue, a form later perfected by J. S. Bach. Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck was born in Deventer. Members of his family served as organists of Amsterdam's Oude Kirk (Old Church) for nearly 100 years, and he succeeded his father in that position in 1580. He was famed for his brilliant organ improvisations, and also as a teacher. Sweelinck's 330 compositions include 153 Psalm settings, 70 keyboard works and dozens of songs. All were published during his lifetime and were very influential, especially in Germany.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 9 Aug 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11590
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jan Sweelinck (May 1562–16 Oct 1621), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11590, citing Oude Kerk (Old Church), Amsterdam, Amsterdam Municipality, Noord-Holland, Netherlands ; Maintained by Find A Grave .