Personalities | Georg Böhm | Early Baroque | Classical
(Ga-ôrg’ Böm) 1661–1733
Böhm was a Lutheran organist-composer who studied with members of the Bach family before becoming organist at Lüneburg. At an early age he travelled to Hamburg, where he encountered Johann Adam Reincken (1623–1722), one of the most influential North German organists. Böhm contributed to the principal forms popular with the organists of this region, notably the toccata and the organ chorale, which he imbued with a high level of virtuosity. He was especially resourceful in his harpsichord partite, or variations, usually on a chorale melody. He also composed harpsichord suites, following models established by Froberger, sacred cantatas, Passions and songs.
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