Sunday November 8, 2020
A Dutch Treat ~ Fritts Organ
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck was one of the great organists and teachers of the late 16th and early 17th centuries. His father Hans, Jan himself, and his son Dirck were organists at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam for roughly a century. Jan established an organ school in Amsterdam that attracted pupils from England, Germany and the Low Countries. His students, who paid 200 gold florins a year for room, board and lessons, included Peter Phillips, Heinrich Scheidemann, Melchior Schildt and Samuel Scheidt. Sweelinck explored all the formal musical structures of the age: variations on hymns and folk tunes, dance music, the toccata and ricercar. His many lively and inventive sets of variations present wonderful technical challenges and great good humor for both player and listener.