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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

Schnitger Snapshots

A sonorous survey of nine instruments by the most illustrious of North German Baroque organbuilders, Arp Schnitger [1648-1719], in celebration of the 350th anniversary of his birth.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • June 8, 1998

Links and Resources:

For further appreciation, we recommend the biography Arp Schnitger, Organbuilder: Catalyst for the Centuries, by Peggy Kelly Reinburg (1982, Indiana University Press)

Music played in the program

VINCENT LÜBECK: Praeambulum in C –Jacques van Oortmerssen (1675 Huß-Schnitger/Church of Saints Cosmae & Damian, Stade, Germany) Denon 7492

MATTHIAS WECKMANN: 3 verses of Komm heiliger GeistHans Davidsson (1692 Arp Schnitger/Ludgerikirche, Norden, Germany) Motette CD MOT 11461

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Praeludium in d –Harald Vogel (1693 Schnitger/Jacobikirche, Hamburg, Germany) Dabringhaus und Grimm MDG 314 0427

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Chorale-prelude, Lobt Gott, ihr Christen; Canzonetta in G –Harald Vogel (1694 Schnitger/Parish Church, Grasberg, Germany) Dabringhaus und Grimm MDG 314 0270

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: 2 Chorale-preludes: Mensch, willt du leben seliglich; Von Gott will ich nicht lassenHarald Vogel (1696 Schnitger/Reformed Church, Noordbroek, The Netherlands) Dabringhaus und Grimm MDG 3424

SAMUEL SCHEIDT: 4 verses of Jesus Christus, unser HeilandHelmut Walcha (1680 Arp Schnitger/St. Peter & Paul Church, Cappel, Germany) Archive 431 551

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Praeludium in D –Jean-Charles Ablitzer (1687 Schnitger/St. Martin & Saint Nicolai Church, Steinkirchen, Germany) Harmonic CD-8830

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: 2 Chorale-preludes: Es ist das heil; In dulci jubilo

GEORG BÖHM: Praeludium in C –Christiaan Teeuswen (1702 Schnitger/Aa-Kerk, Groningen, The Netherlands) Sosta CD-45201

J.S. BACH: Chorale-prelude, Wer nur den lieben Gott, S. 647 –Piet Kee (1692 Arp Schnitger [plus additions]/Martinikerk, Groningen, The Netherlands) Chandos CD-0590

J.S. BACH: Prelude & Fugue in C, S. 547 –Wolfgang Rübsam (1692 Arp Schnitger [plus additions]/Martinikerk, Groningen, The Netherlands) Naxos 8.550653