Sweelinck is the most important Dutch composer / musician / teacher who ever lived. Yesterday we remembered his death 400 years ago.
I won’t write too much about Sweelinck himself, that can be found extensively on the internet and I’d like to encourage you to read about him if you are not familiar with him.
Personally Sweelinck got over the years an important place in my life. My background is organist and I played especially Bach a lot. Once I played one piece of Sweelinck, I immediately recognised the beauty of the compositions and whatever piece of music I studied from him, it has the highest quality. An aspect great composers share.
He is right up there with Josquin des Prez, der alte Bach, Amadeus, Johannes B, Bruckner.
To entertain you, some music examples:
Oh, and I played all of these pieces in my life, if I’ve a bit of time I might post my own recordings ( I have no good recordings, will need to make some ).