This book is an account of the life and works of Dutch composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621), in the context of 16th and 17th century Amsterdam, a rising cultural and economic centre at the time. The author describes his career as the organist of the Oude Kirk, a post which his family held for three generations, and his influence as the teacher of most of the North German school of organists. The Dutch musician is primarily known for his key-board compositions. However, in addition to his instrumental music, Noske also assesses his vocal work, both secular and sacred. This includes a complete setting of the Geneva psalter, a volume of Latin motets and a number of madrigals and chansons, largely neglected until recent times. Through an analysis of many of Sweelinck's works this book demonstrates the relationship between his techniques in instrumental and composition.