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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[Dieterich Buxtehude. Detail from a 1674 painting by Johannes Voorhout.]
Dieterich Buxtehude. Detail from a 1674 painting by Johannes Voorhout.

Discovering Dieterich Buxtehude

…in the company of guest commentator and biographer Kerala Snyder, we explore the profoundly influential music of the “Great Dane” of the German Baroque organ scene.

Audio 0919 Complete Show 1 hr 58 min

Audio 0919 Hour 1 59:00
Audio 0919 Hour 2 59:00

Program Broadcast dates:

  • Week of May 11, 2009

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Music played in the program

Hour 1

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Praeludium in D, BuxWV 139 –Bernard Foccroulle (1692 Arp Schnitger [plus additions]/Martinikerk, Groningen, The Netherlands) Ricercar 250

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Toccata in d, BuxWV 155 –Robert Bates & David Yearsley (1984 C.B. Fisk/Memorial Church, Stanford University, CA) & (1995 Fritts/Memorial Church, Stanford University, Stanford, CA) Loft LRCD-1008

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Canzona in C, BuxWV 166 –Hans Davidsson (2000 GoART Replica/Örgryte nya kyrka [Örgryte New Church], Göteborg, Sweden) Loft LRCD-1092-93

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Praeludium in e, BuxWV 143 –Bine Bryndorf (1637 Stellwagen/St. Jacobi Church, Lübeck, Germany) DaCapo 6.220530

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Ich dank dir, lieber Herre, BuxWV 194 –Bine Bryndorf (1693 Schnitger/Jacobikirche, Hamburg, Germany) DaCapo 6.220520

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Praeludium in g, BuxWV 163 –Ton Koopman (1599 Wilde; 1682 Schnitger/St. Jacobi Church, Lüdingworth, Germany) Challenge Classics 72243

Filler –DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Praeludium in D, BuxWV 139 (see above)

Hour 2

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Partita, Auf meinen lieben Gott, BuxWV 179 –Lars Ulrik Mortensen, harpsichord. Naxos 8.570579

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Jubilate Domino, BuxWV 64 –Andreas Scholl, counter-tenor; Basel Consort. Harmonia Mundi CD-901651

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Canon duplex per augmentationem, BuxWv 123; Liebster, meine Seele saget, BuxWV 70 –Bettina Pahn, Johannette Zomer, sopranos; Amsterdam Baroque Ensemble, Ton Koopman, conductor; Challenge Classics 72244

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Mensch, willst du leben seliglich, BuxWV 206 –Julia Brown (2003 Pasi/Cathedral of St. Cecilia, Omaha, NE) Naxos 8.557555

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder, BuxWV 178 –Robert Noehren (1967 Noehren/First Unitarian Society, San Francisco, CA) Delos DE 3023

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Fugue in C, BuxWV 174 –E. Power Biggs (1553 Niehoff; 1715 Droppa; 1953 Beckerath/Johanniskirche, Lüneburg, Germany) Columbia LP MS-6944

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Praeludium in e, BuxWV 152 –Walter Kraft (1955 Kemper/St. Mary Church, Lübeck, Germany) Vox Box 3613

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Praeludium in e, BuxWV 152 –Hans Davidsson (2000 GoART Replica/Örgryte nya kyrka [Örgryte New Church], Göteborg, Sweden) Loft LRCD-1090-91

DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Praeludium in a, BuxWV 153 –Harald Vogel (1693 Schnitger/Jacobikirche, Hamburg, Germany) Dabringhaus und Grimm MDG 314 0427

Filler –DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Fugue in C, BuxWV 174 (see above)

 

Dieterich Buxtehude [1637-1707] served as organist and ‘werkmeister’ at the Church of Saint Mary in Lübeck for nearly 40 years. During his lifetime, he was considered the foremost organist in Germany. Bach walked nearly 500 kilometers…each way…from Arnstadt to Lübeck to learn from Buxtehude’s example. The newly revised edition of Kerala Snyder’s book, Dieterich Buxtehude: Organist in Lübeck, is the definitive text in English on the life and times of this important German Baroque musician.