Personalities | Dietrich Buxtehude | Early Baroque | Classical
(Det’-rikh Books-te-hoo’-de) c. 1637–1707
Buxtehude was born in Scandinavia, but from 1668 until his death held the post of organist at St Mary’s, Lübeck. The position did not require him to provide much in the way of vocal music; he also wrote cantatas and arias for the Abendmusiken (public concerts), in which he was deeply involved. His cantatas, of which Alles, was ihr tut (‘All That You Do’) is an attractive example, incorporate elements of instrumental sonata, concertato, aria and chorale. They served as effective models for the next generation of composers. As well as composing music for solo organ and harpsichord, some of it requiring technical virtuosity, Buxtehude wrote a number of trio sonatas.
Works for Organ, Marie-Claire Alain (Erato)
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