Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

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Synopsis[edit]

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621), Dutch organist, harpsichordist, composer, and teacher, spent most of his life in Amsterdam. In 1580 he became the organist of the Oude Kerk (Old Church) succeeding his father, Pieter. Though he never ventured much out of Holland, Sweelinck's influence spread through the North German organ school via his students, who include Scheidt, Scheidemann, Praetorius, and Hasse.

Toccatas, Fantasias, Pavanas, Ricercares, Echo Fantasies, and Variations are representative of Sweelinck's works. His compositional style was also highly influential. He was the first to use independent pedal parts, including fugue subjects in the pedal line. He took many important forms from around Europe, including the Italian ricercar and the English virginal style, expanding and developing them in ways unknown before. In fact, many of his pieces contain the embryo of the fugue form, later perfected by J. S. Bach. His compositions bridge the gap from the Renaissance to the Baroque periods.

Members of the Sweelinck family served as organists of the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam for nearly one hundred consecutive years.[1].


For additional details, see the Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck Wikipedia article.

List of Organ Works[edit]

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Free Works
Echo fantasia (Dorian)
Echo fantasia (Aeolian)
Echo fantasia (Ionian)
Echo fantasia (Ionian) K 18
Echo fantasia (Dorian) K 15
Fantasia (Dorian) K 2
Fantasia (g-Dorian) K 3
Fantasia (a-Phrygian)
Fantasia (Mixolydian) K 8
Fantasia (g-Dorian) K 4
Fantasia (Mixolydian) K 9
Fantasia (g-Dorian)
Fantasia (Ionian)
Fantasia (Dorian)
Fantasia (Mixolydian) A 2
Fantasia chromatica (Dorian)
Hexachord fantasia (F-Ionian)
Fantasia (F-Ionian) K 33
Ricercar (Aeolian)
Toccata (Dorian)
Toccata (Aeolian) K 21
Toccata (Aeolian)
Toccata (Mixolydian)
Toccata (Ionian) K 30
Toccata (Ionian)
Toccata (g-Dorian) K 24
Toccata (g-Dorian) K 25
Toccata (Mixolydian) K 27
Toccata (Aeolian) K 29
Toccata (Ionian) K 32
Toccata (g-Dorian) K 72
Toccata (g-Dorian) K 26
Toccata (Dorian) K 26
Sacred Works
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, (4 variations by Sweelinck)
Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ
Christe qui lux es et dies
Da pacem Domine in diebus nostris
Des boosdoenders wille seer quaet (Ps xxxvi: Du malin le mechant vouloir)
Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ
Ik heb den Heer lief (Ps cxvi: J’aime mon Dieu)
Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein
O mijn God, wilt mij nu bevrijden (Ps cxl: O Dieu, donne-moy delivrance)
Puer nobis nascitur (Ons is geboren een kindekijn)
Wij geloven in eenen God alleen (Wir glauben all an einem Gott)
Secular Works
Almande Chapelle
Engelse fortuin (Von der Fortuna werd ich getrieben)
Est-ce Mars
Ik voer al over Rijn (Ich fuhr mich über Rheine)
Mein junges Leben hat ein End
Onder een linde groen (Unter der Linden grüne)
Pavana hispanica
Pavana Lachrymae
Pavana Philippi
Poolse almande (Soll es sein)
Anonymous Works Attributed to Sweelinck
Echo fantasia (Ionian), attrib. Sweelinck by Seiffert
Fantasia (F-Ionian), attrib. Sweelinck by Seiffert
Fantasia (Aeolian), attrib. Sweelinck by Seiffert
Toccata (Dorian), attrib. Sweelinck, see Dirksen
Toccata (Mixolydian), attrib. Sweelinck, see Dirksen
Heer, die ons hebt verstoten al (Ps lx: O Dieu, qui nous as deboutez), attrib. Sweelinck, see Breig,
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, attrib. Sweelinck, see Dirksen
Mein Hüter und mein Hirt (Ps xxiii), attrib. Sweelinck, see Curtis

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Fantasia Cromatica, performed by Helmut Walcha.

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  1. Organ Composers Database [1]
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