Quirinus Gerbrandzoon van Blanckenburg (1654-1739)

Quirinus van Blanckenburg was an organist and composer, as well as the author of a treatise on thoroughbass. As an organist he attained a high standing; his last appointment, in 1699, was as organist of the Nieuwe Kerk in The Hague. He was also much in demand as a teacher, and served several aristocratic families. His printed musical works are all keyboard pieces, but a number of works have survived in autograph, and these are housed in the university library at Rostock. These include some vocal and harpsichord pieces, and other works, some of them arrangements by van Blanckenburg of operatic arias by Handel and others. The present work is one of those manuscript pieces. Two earlier modern editions exist, edited respectively by A Komter-Kuipers, (Delft, 1937), and W Thijsse (Amsterdam, 1984). The assistance of the Librarian of the University of Rostock is gratefully acknowledged, in making available a photocopy of this work.

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