Marienkirche


 

In June, in memory of the 300th year of the death of Dietrich Buxtehude, Patrick Wedd performed Buxtehude's complete organ works in eight recitals. 

Patrick is currently on vacation and Donald Hunt, the assistant organist, would like as much as possible during Choral Eucharist and Evensong this coming Sunday, September 9, (the demands of Anglican liturgy notwithstanding) to create an atmosphere similar to that experienced on any given Sunday in Lübeck in St. Mary's Church (Marienkirche) when Buxtehude was organist and "werkmeister." 

The composers chosen are mostly German and in the Marienkirche repertory:  of course, Buxtehude himself, Hans Leo Hassler, Johann Walther and Andreas Hammerschmidt.

Read about the Free Imperial City of Lübeck and examine three pages of pictures of the ancient city and Marienkirche.

Read about Dietrich Buxtehude and listen to some of his music (a recent addition is Montreal's Suzie LeBlanc  [BNQ] singing Jesu Meine Freude, BuxWV 60, [Sonata & Verse I, Verses II-VII] in an ensemble with the Purcell Quartet  [BNQ]). Click for BNQ availability. 

Read about Abendmusik:  In 1705, J.S. Bach, then a young man twenty years old, walked from Arnstadt to Lübeck, a distance of more than 400 kilometers, and stayed nearly three months to hear the Abendmusik, meet the pre-eminent Lübeck organist, hear him play, and as Bach explained "to comprehend one thing and another about his art(Wikipedia)."

Scroll down to hear John Scott [BNQ] , longtime organist at St. Paul's Cathedral, London, perform Buxtehude's complete organ works.

A revised edition of Kerala J. Snyder, Dieterich Buxtehude: Organist in Lübeck, has been published by the University of Rochester Press, May 2007, and is located in the Marvin Duchow Music Library of McGill University.  Click for availability.