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Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Thursday 10 July 2014

In today's programme Donald Macleod explores some of the musicians who travelled to hear Dieterich Buxtehude perform. One day towards the end of 1705, a young man of twenty turned up at Buxtehude's door at St. Mary's church in Lübeck. He introduced himself as Johann Sebastian Bach. He had heard about Buxtehude's legendary organ playing and had walked all the way from Arnstadt ? 280 miles away ? to hear him play in person. Bach had taken leave of his post for four weeks. He stayed for three months. On his return, Bach got into trouble on two counts: for staying away so long, and for now playing the chorales in such a bizarre way that the congregation was thoroughly confused.

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    Dietrich Buxtehude Praeludium in C major BuxWV.137 for organ (Prelude, fugue and chaconne)

    Performer: Bine Katrine Bryndorf.

    Dacapo: 8.226002, Dacapo, 18

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    Dietrich Buxtehude Auf meinen lieben Gott - chorale variations BuxWV.179 (Geistliche Tanzsuite) fo

    Performer: Glenn Wilson.

    Naxos: 8.557413, Naxos, 6

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    Dietrich Buxtehude La Capricciosa - 32 variations in G major BuxWV.250 for keyboard

    Performer: Francesco Tristano.

    DG: 476 5145, 5

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    Dietrich Buxtehude Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied BuxWV.98 for soprano, violin and continuo

    Singer: Emma Kirkby.

    Naxos: 8.557251, Naxos, 10

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    Dietrich Buxtehude Membra Jesu nostri - 7 passion cantatas BuxWV.75

    Performer: Purcell Quartet. Performer: Fretwork.

    CHANDOS : CHAN-0775, CHANDOS, 18

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