Dieterich Buxtehude (±1637-1707): Herren, vår Gud

This is one of the only two Swedish texted works by Buxtehude to have survived (I wrote about the other one at the start of September, see Dieterich Buxtehude (±1637-1707): Att du Jesu vill mig höra | Saturday Chorale – mfi). The text of Herren, vår Gud (The Lord Our God) is a poetic paraphrasis…

Dieterich Buxtehude (Attrib): Magnificat

This Magnificat is attributed to Buxtehude mostly on the basis that it appears in Gustav Düben’s collection of  scores. The score has Buxtehude’s name on it in square brackets but if you look at the name it’s very obviously been added by a later hand. Other than that the sole basis for the attribution seems…

Dieterich Buxtehude (±1637-1707): Cantate Domino

Dieterich Buxtehude’s setting of the first four verses from Psalm 95 in the Vulgate (Psalm 96 in protestant bilbles) is a motet scored for SSB or SAB with accompaniment – Viola Da Gamba and organ. It’s a lovely piece that has strong Italianate influences. Close your eyes and you could easily imagine it to be…

Dieterich Buxtehude (±1637-1707): Ich bin eine Blume zu Saron

That Dieterich Buxtehude was one of the great composers and musicians of his day was doubted by no one, his appointment as Franz Tunder’s (±1614–1667) successor as Organist of the Marienkirche, in Lubeck was ample proof of the esteem in which his contemporaries held him. His fellow musicians most famously Handel in 1703 and Bach…