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Buxtehude Organ Music

This week, organ work by one of the original masters.

St. Mary's church

Photo: Nigel's Europe

St. Mary's church, the Lutheran church in Lübeck, Germany. Some think that Buxtehude and J. S. Bach played on this church's organ, which was destroyed during World War II.

Dietrich Buxtehude was such a popular organist during his lifetime that Johann Sebastian Bach risked his job in Arnstadt to study Buxtehude’s technique. George Frederic Handel and Johann Mattheson also traveled to Lübeck to study with the highly-respected composer. It was not just his organ music that mesmerized Bach and Handel, but also the style and structure of his cantatas, a structure that is eerily similar to what Bach would assume in many of his cantatas.

In a recent collection of CDs on the Hyperion label, organist Christopher Herrick has taken on the task of recording Buxtehude’s complete organ works.

We have included links to all four volumes of Buxtehude’s organ works, although we only featured selections from volume 4.

Music Heard On This Episode

Dieterich Buxtehude: Chorale prelude: In dulci jubilo
Christopher Herrick , organ — The Complete Organ Works, Vol.4 (Hyperion, 2011)
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Dieterich Buxtehude: Chorale prelude: In dulci jubilo
Christopher Herrick , organ — The Complete Organ Works, Vol.4 (Hyperion, 2011)
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Dieterich Buxtehude: Praeludium in g minor
Christopher Herrick, organ — The Complete Organ Works, Vol.4 (Hyperion, 2011)
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Dieterich Buxtehude: Various
Christopher Herrick, organ — The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 1 (Hyperion, 2008)
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Dieterich Buxtehude: Various
Christopher Herrick, organ — Organ Works, Vol. 2 (Hyperion, 2010)
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Dieterich Buxtehude: Various
Christopher Herrick, organ — Complete Organ Works, Vol.3 (Hyperion, 2011)
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Anna Pranger

Anna Pranger moved to Bloomington in 2009 to pursue a degree in music librarianship. Before this, she worked on a degree in music history at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. She serves as both an assistant producer for Harmonia and the Music Library Assistant for WFIU.

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