Dirk Jans Sweelinck (1591-1652) was born in Amsterdam,
Holland and was the son of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
and became his successor as organist of the Oude Kerk
in Amsterdam. He was a member of the Muiderkring .
Sweelinck junior is regarded as the creator of a
surviving anonymous series of variations for piano
(organ, harpsichord) on the Lutheran hymn "Wie schön
leuchtet der Morgenstern" (How beautiful the morning
star shines). The four-part setting of the hymn of this
series is almost identical to a vocal setting - with
his name as author and, included in the famous
17th-century music edition 'Livre Septième.
Although originally written for Chorus, I created this
arrangement for Brass Ensemble (Bb Trumpets (2), French
Horn & F Tuba).