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Jan Sweelinck Chromatic Fantasia for Organ
Fantasia by J. Sweelinck, Performed by Anthony Mark LaMort.
Jan Pieterswoon Sweelinck was born in Deventer, Netherlands in 1562 and lived until 1621. This Dutch composer, whose music encompasses the very end of the Renaissance and the genesis of the baroque era, is among Europe’s first major keyboard composers and may be said to be one of the founding fathers of the North German organ compositional tradition. It is believed that Sweelinck began his career as an organist at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam in 1577, when he was 15 years old. He would hold this post for the remainder of his life. This fantasia is perhaps one of Sweelinck’s better know compositions. Essentially, the work is a fugue based on several subjects with increasingly developed episodic variations. The listener will note the prevalence of both Renaissance rhythms and the beginnings of ‘modern’ major/minor tonality.
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