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Segall on Sweelinck

When I first got introduced to the Dutch classical music scene, I recalled that I had never heard of a famous Dutch composer or musician. Painters, yes, plenty. The Dutch were famous for Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, .... the list goes on and on. But musicians?

Without a doubt, Sweelinck is the most well-known of Dutch composers. But who was he?

The Amsterdam Conservatory, until recently, was named after Sweelinck.

Allan Segall said that some people even believed Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck to be the father of Bach's counterpoint --- not in the biological sense, of course.

Sweelinck was organist, harpsichordist, pianist, composer, and teacher. Apparently, he never left Holland in his lifetime.

Listen for yourself --- a sample of Segall's interpretation of Sweelinck on the 1909 Steinway A from New York.

21 June 2004 Monday

Sweelinck (sample)
mp3 (701 kB)
performed by
Allan Segall
recorded by
Robert Bekkers
Related links:
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Ace of spades
Visit to grand piano atelier
Composers talk
Steinway to Heaven Welkom Fest
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Anne Ku at Ilp in May 2001
Anne Ku

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