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Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon
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(May, 1562, Deventer – Oct 16, 1621, Amsterdam), organist of the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam. Sweelinck was an employee of the city at a time when organ accompaniment of liturgical singing was not common. His activity therefore consisted primarily of performing (Church concert), other municipal functions like carillon-playing, and giving organ lessons. Through his students J. Praetorius and Heinrich Scheidemann, his influence extended far beyond the Netherlands. He composed vocal and i…

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Luth, Jan R., “Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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