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Playing: Forvarskvall (An evening early in spring) by David Wikander
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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 L├╝beck. 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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Thu 10 Jul 2014 18:30

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