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Nothing is More Useless Than Old Music

Donald Macleod explores Buxtehude's final years and legacy.

Donald Macleod explores the final years and legacy of Dieterich Buxtehude. An account from just after Buxtehude's death, in 1707, gives a clue as to the fate that befell much of his music: "Everything that [such] men wrote with so much trouble and work... has not the slightest value now... much of it has gone into the stove, in place of kindling, much has been given to people who can use all sorts of scarps and paper in their shops... for nothing is more useless than old music.".

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Fri 11 Jul 2014 18:30

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  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Furwahr, er trug unsere Krankheit BuxWV.31 for SSATB, 5 strings and continuo

    Choir: Københavns Drengekor.
    • Naxos: 8.570494.
    • 8.570494.
    • 3.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Praeludium (BuxWV.140) in D minor, arr. Prokofiev for piano [orig. organ]

    Performer: Lev Vinocour.
    • ARTE NOVA : 74321-63636-2.
    • Arte Nova.
    • 17.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Toccata in F major BuxWV.156 for organ

    Performer: Bine Katrine Bryndorf.
    • Dacapo: 6.220514.
    • Dacapo.
    • 1.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Herr, wenn ich nur dich hab' BuxWV.38 for soprano, 2 violins and continuo

    Singer: Emma Kirkby.
    • Naxos: 8.557251.
    • Naxos.
    • 13.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Sonata in A minor BuxWV.254, Op.1`3 for violin, viola da gamba and keyboard

    Performer: Boston Museum Trio.
    • HMA: 1901089.
    • HMA.
    • 2.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Membra Jesu nostri - 7 passion cantatas BuxWV.75 - Ad cor (to the heart)

    Performer: Konrad Junghänel. Performer: Cantus Cölln.
    • HMC: 901912.
    • 901912.
    • 6.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Membra Jesu nostri - 7 passion cantatas BuxWV.75 - Ad faciem (to the face)

    Performer: Konrad Junghänel. Performer: Cantus Cölln.
    • HMC: 901912.
    • 901912.
    • 6.

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