Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)
Viol Consort: TrTTB
Score (with original keyboard version) + 4 Parts
Transcription for viola da gamba ensemble of Sweelinck's complete set of variations originally for keyboard instruments.
Arranged by Charles Coldwell.
Sweelinck’s Pavana Philippi is based on a pavan by English composer
Peter Philips that is found in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. Composed in 1580,
it is the earliest known work by Philips, and also became his best-known work.
It can be found in versions for mixed consort, lute, cittern, keyboard, and even
voices in England and the Continent.
Sweelinck’s Pavana Philippi comprises of two variations of the pavan,
the second of which features increasingly elaborate figuration in an almost
continuous movement of eighth and sixteenth notes. Sweelinck’s keyboard
compositions were strongly influenced by the English school of keyboardists, but
they also exhibit a stricter adherence to part writing that clearly delineates
individual voice lines. This latter trait makes a number of his keyboard pieces
highly suitable for arrangement for instrumental ensemble.
Click to hear an audio clip of Pavana Philippi (6:40)