Cornelius Schuyt

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Born: 1557

Died: 9 June 1616


Cornelis Schuyt was the son of Floris Schuyt, organist of the Pieterskerk and the Hooglandse Kerk in Leiden in the Netherlands. After a study trip through Italy, Cornelis was appointed in 1593 as an organist alongside his father in both churches in Leiden. In addition, he had the obligation to perform all kinds of musical tasks in municipal service. In the same year he married, but the marriage remained childless. After the death of father Floris in 1601, Cornelis became chief organist. He was highly regarded during his working life; he was buried in the Pieterskerk.

Schuyt published three collections of madrigals. Two of these are mainly written on Italian texts by Torquato Tasso and Petrarch, among others; the third on Dutch texts by Daniel Heinsius, among others. A fourth collection by Schuyt contains six-part instrumental works, written in the twelve modes. Schuyt's organ music has not survived.

Schuyt's writing style is purely Renaissance; influences of the modern Italian monody of composers such as Claudio Monteverdi are not to be found in his works.

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Il primo libro de madrigali a cinque voci (1600)
Hollandsche madrigalen met vijf, ses, ende acht stemmen (1603)
Hymeneo, overo Madrigali nuptiali et altri amorosi (1611)
Dodeci Padovane, et altretante Gagliarde Composte nelli dodeci modi (1611)

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