Sweelinck: Complete Keyboard Works - Volume 4 (Variations on Songs and Dances)

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  • Composer: Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
  • Editors: Pieter Dirksen, Harald Vogel
  • Instrumentation: Harpsichord / Organ
  • ISMN: 9790004182017
  • Size: 9.1 x 12.0 inches
  • Pages: 104
  • Urtext / Critical Edition

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Among the musical milestones of the early 17th century is the music for keyboard instruments by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621). The complete edition by the Sweelinck experts Harald Vogel and Pieter Dirksen is eagerly awaited.

The edition features all the ascertainably authentic works, and also takes into consideration anonymously transmitted or spurious pieces. The source for the attributions is Pieter Dirksen's book "The Keyboard Works of J. P. Sweelinck" as well as his research for the Sweelinck Work Catalogue (SwWV), in which Sweelinck's oeuvre has been thoroughly reorganized. in Breitkopf's new edition, the works for keyboard instruments already bear the new SwWV numbers.

Each volume begins with the works transmitted in staff notation, which are followed by those that have been transmitted (exclusively) in German letter tablature. for the first time ever, the difference between the two types of transmission is clearly underscored by the sequence of the works and is made stunningly visible by their reproduction in a modern-day notational form. A third group contains the anonymous and spurious works.During his editorial work Harald Vogel was able to identify the main scribe of the important Sweelinck source "Lynar A1" as Andreas Düben, who was active in Stockholm later in his life. As a pupil of Sweelinck's during the last years of the master's life, Düben had access to his manuscripts. The scribe's close connection to these autographs lends further weight to "Lynar A1" as the principal source.

The edition consistently offers the authentic form of the works derived from the main source. for the user, this means clearer performing material which, unlike other present-day transcription attempts, does not overload the music text. The many secondary variants are listed in detail in the Critical Commentary, inasmuch as they are essential to an understanding of the work. for the first time, the "practical source edition" offers a modern-day transcription that discloses all the information value of the source to the user.

Peculiarities from the primary sources have been kept as such, and special aspects of the staff notation and letter tablature were also maintained inasmuch as this was feasible. This applies to note values, the lengths of measures, the distribution of the hands, beaming and many other aspects; only the accidentals and dots extending over bar-lines have been adapted to modern-day notation. Each volume contains a general introduction to Sweelinck's life and works, as well as to the state of the sources, the notation and the editorial technique. in addition, each book also contains an essay on its specific contents written by the Sweelinck experts. All of these texts are printed in German and English. The publication is offered at a modest price and rounded off with a Critical Commentary (in German) that is predominantly in tabular form.

"It has been a privilege to review and comment upon this fine collected edition, and I trust that the publisher's and editor's initiative will meet with the success that is so clearly deserved." (Gerald Gifford, The Consort)


  • Esce mars, SwWV 321
  • Ich fuhr mich vber Rheine (Ick voer al over Rhijn), SwWV 322
  • Mein junges Leben hat ein Endt, SwWV 324
  • Pavan Philippi, SwWV 329
  • Puer nobis nascitur, SwWV 315
  • Soll es sein (Poolse almande), SwWV 330
  • Unter der Linden grune (Onder een linde groen), SwWV 325
  • Allemand (Gratie), SwWV 318
  • Die flichtig Nimphae (Vluchtige nimph), SwWV 331
  • Pavana Hispanica, SwWV 327
  • Paduana Lachrymae, SwWV 328
  • Von der Fortuna werd ich getrieben (Engelse Fortuijn), SwWV 320
  • Alemande de chapelle, SwWV 317
  • Balleth del granduca, SwWV 319
  • Malle Sijmen, SwWV 323
  • Passomeza, SwWV 326

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