Dieterich Buxtehude
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Dieterich Buxtehude

Dieterich Buxtehude Biography (BBC)

Born around 1637 in the duchy of Holstein – now part of Germany but then under Danish control – Dietrich Buxtehude was the son of an organist and seems from the start to have been destined for the same profession himself. Buxtehude senior was organist at the Marienkirche at Helsingborg in Sweden from 1638 to 1641 and then at the Olaikirche at Helsingør in Denmark, and it was here that Dietrich probably received his early education. Organist’s posts for him at Helsingborg and at Helsingør’s Marienkirche followed, before in 1668 he took up the appointment he would hold for the rest of his life: organist and administrator of the Marienkirche in the north German town of Lübeck. There he married the daughter of his predecessor, Franz Tunder, and was later joined by his brother and father, on whose death in 1674 he wrote a moving lament.

The Lübeck organist’s job was one of the most important in a North Germany whose cities prized their church and civic music highly, and Buxtehude was fully worthy of the post. Widely recognised as one of the leading organists of the day, he was in himself an attraction – Bach and Handel both visited Lübeck to hear him play in the early 1700s – and in hindsight he can be seen as the most significant of Bach’s immediate predecessors as a composer for organ.

His vocal music was no less influential, however. In addition to playing the organ at services, Buxtehude was required to provide music for voices and instruments, and many of his more-than-100 cantatas must have been composed for this purpose. Buxtehude also revived Tunder’s practice of giving public concerts in the church, scheduling these Abendmusiken for 4 o’clock on five Sundays a year and some of his sacred compositions may have been heard here as well, alongside a number of lost oratorios. Bach almost certainly attended one of these concerts during his visit in 1705.

About 20 fine chamber sonatas for strings and continuo survive from Buxtehude’s pen, some of which were published in two sets in the 1690s. Buxtehude’s own participation in high level private music making is attested by a group portrait painted in 1674 by Johannes Voorhout, in which he is depicted as part of a music party in the company of other eminent German musicians, including Johann Adam Reincken, Johann Theile.

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Dieterich Buxtehude
Membra Jesu nostri - 7 passion cantatas, BuxWV.75
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Membra Jesu nostri - 7 passion cantatas, BuxWV.75

Membra Jesu nostri - 7 passion cantatas, BuxWV.75

Orchestra
OH! Orkiestra Historyczna
Conductor
Martyna Pastuszka

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Dieterich Buxtehude
Jesu, meine Freude BuxWV.60
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Jesu, meine Freude BuxWV.60
Dieterich Buxtehude
Befiehl dem Engel, dass er komm
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Befiehl dem Engel, dass er komm
Dieterich Buxtehude
Prelude and Fugue in G minor (BuxWV.149)
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Prelude and Fugue in G minor (BuxWV.149)
Dieterich Buxtehude
Trio Sonata in E minor, BuxWV.258
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Trio Sonata in E minor, BuxWV.258
Dieterich Buxtehude
Membra Jesu nostri - 7 passion cantatas, BuxWV.75
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Membra Jesu nostri - 7 passion cantatas, BuxWV.75

Membra Jesu nostri - 7 passion cantatas, BuxWV.75

Orchestra
OH! Orkiestra Historyczna
Conductor
Martyna Pastuszka
Dieterich Buxtehude
Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr, BuxWV 41
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Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr, BuxWV 41
Dieterich Buxtehude
Membra Jesu - Cantata - VI. Ad Cor
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Membra Jesu - Cantata - VI. Ad Cor
Dieterich Buxtehude
Fugue in C, BuxWV 174
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Fugue in C, BuxWV 174
Dieterich Buxtehude
Opachi boschetti BuxWV.121 (Gigue)
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Opachi boschetti BuxWV.121 (Gigue)
Dieterich Buxtehude
Praeludium in A minor, BuxWV 153
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Praeludium in A minor, BuxWV 153
Dieterich Buxtehude
Nun freut euch lieben Christen g'mein - Chorale Fantasy (BuxWV 210)
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Nun freut euch lieben Christen g'mein - Chorale Fantasy (BuxWV 210)
Dieterich Buxtehude
Jesu, meines Lebens Leben, BuxWV 62
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Jesu, meines Lebens Leben, BuxWV 62
Dieterich Buxtehude
Membra Jesu nostri (Ad faciem)
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Membra Jesu nostri (Ad faciem)
Dieterich Buxtehude
Jubilate Domino, omnis terra for alto, viola da gamba and continuo (BuxWV.64)
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Jubilate Domino, omnis terra for alto, viola da gamba and continuo (BuxWV.64)

Jubilate Domino, omnis terra for alto, viola da gamba and continuo (BuxWV.64)

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Sandor Saszvarosi
Zsuzsanna Nagy
Ensemble
Sonora Hungarica Consort
Dieterich Buxtehude
Trio Sonata in G Major, Op. 1 No. 2, BuxWV 253
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Trio Sonata in G Major, Op. 1 No. 2, BuxWV 253
Dieterich Buxtehude
Ich bin die Auferstehung und das Leben, Bux WV 44
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Ich bin die Auferstehung und das Leben, Bux WV 44
Dieterich Buxtehude
Praeludium in C major, BuxWV 138 (Prelude and fugue)
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Praeludium in C major, BuxWV 138 (Prelude and fugue)
Dieterich Buxtehude
Passacaille
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Passacaille
Dieterich Buxtehude
Ciacona in C minor BuxWV.159
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Ciacona in C minor BuxWV.159
Dieterich Buxtehude
Fugue In C Major Buxwv.174
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Fugue In C Major Buxwv.174
Dieterich Buxtehude
Trio Sonata in B Flat Major, BuxWV.255
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Trio Sonata in B Flat Major, BuxWV.255
Dieterich Buxtehude
Ciacona in E minor (BuxWV160)
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Ciacona in E minor (BuxWV160)
Dieterich Buxtehude
Ciacona in C minor, BuxWV 159
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Ciacona in C minor, BuxWV 159
Dieterich Buxtehude
Prelude in F BuxWV.145
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Prelude in F BuxWV.145
Dieterich Buxtehude
Toccata in D minor
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Toccata in D minor
Dieterich Buxtehude
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: vi - Ad Cor
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Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: vi - Ad Cor
Dieterich Buxtehude
Membra Jesu Nostri: Cantata II 'Ad genua'
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Membra Jesu Nostri: Cantata II 'Ad genua'

Membra Jesu Nostri: Cantata II 'Ad genua'

Singer
Eloise Irving
Charlotte Ives
Daniel Collins
Nicholas Mulroy
Reuben Thomas
Ensemble
Orpheus Britannicus
Newe Vialles
Director
Andrew Arthur
Dieterich Buxtehude
Sonata in C major BuxWV.256, Op.1 No.5
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Sonata in C major BuxWV.256, Op.1 No.5
Dieterich Buxtehude
Sarabande and Courante (BuxWV.179)
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Sarabande and Courante (BuxWV.179)
Dieterich Buxtehude
Lobe Den Herrn, Meine Seele', BuxWV 71
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Lobe Den Herrn, Meine Seele', BuxWV 71
Dieterich Buxtehude
Prelude and Fugue in G minor (BuxWV.149)
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Prelude and Fugue in G minor (BuxWV.149)
Dieterich Buxtehude
Es ist genug
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Es ist genug
Dieterich Buxtehude
Canzona in C major for organ, BuxWV 166
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Canzona in C major for organ, BuxWV 166
Dieterich Buxtehude
Klaglied, BuxWV.76 no.2
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Klaglied, BuxWV.76 no.2

Klaglied, BuxWV.76 no.2

Singer
Mailys De Villoutreys
Ensemble
Les Surprises
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Dieterich Buxtehude
Chorale-Prelude 'Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ', BuxWV 224
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Chorale-Prelude 'Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ', BuxWV 224
Dieterich Buxtehude
Sonata & Suite in B-Dur, BuxWV 273: I. [Allegro]
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Sonata & Suite in B-Dur, BuxWV 273: I. [Allegro]
Dieterich Buxtehude
Canzona (fugue) for organ in G major, BuxWV 175
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Canzona (fugue) for organ in G major, BuxWV 175
Dieterich Buxtehude
Trio Sonata in B flat, BuxWV255
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Trio Sonata in B flat, BuxWV255
Dieterich Buxtehude
Membra Jesu nostri - 7 passion cantatas BuxWV.75
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Membra Jesu nostri - 7 passion cantatas BuxWV.75
Dietrich Becker
Canzon in C major
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Canzon in C major
Dieterich Buxtehude
Praeludium in G minor, BuxWV 149
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Praeludium in G minor, BuxWV 149
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