Dieterich Buxtehude’s Life

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Life and work of Dieterich Buxtehude have been researched quite well. Though, there ist very little knowledge about his childhood and youth, and many compositions have been lost. However, the Buxtehude Catalogue of Works does list about 220 compositions, ranging from small organ pieces up to oratorios with - for those days - nearly “symphonic” scores. In the following, important sources for information and music are named. At the bottom of the page a brief overview is given, too:
 

Global descriptions of Buxtehude’s life and

A brief survey on the bottom of this page...
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...much more detailed and with the usual provision of links and references at Wikipedia:
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Kerala J. Snyder’s important monography “Dieterich Buxtehude - Organist in Lübeck”, is out-of-print in its original English version. The revised German edition of 2007 is published at Bärenreiter
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Publications on Dieterich Buxtehude and his music:

A Buxtehude bibliography was published in 1989 in Hermann Wettstein’s book “Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707). Eine Bibliographie zu seinem Leben und Werk. Mit einem Anhang über Nicolaus Bruhns (= Schriften der Universitätsbibliothek Freiburg i. Br. 2). Freiburg i. Br.”. It may be ordered as a reprint at De Gruyter publishers.
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This bibliography was updated in 2010 by Sylvia Budde-Manhart. This version is available on our website as PDF file:
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List of Works by Buxtehude:

Published in 1974 by Breitkopf and revised in 1985, the “Buxtehude-Werkeverzeichnis” (BuxWV) by Georg Karstädt is still an important source for scholars and musicians, giving the openings of every piece and naming the source of the lyrics of the vocal compositions. 
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In 2010, an updated version without the openings and the vocal sources, but adding recently published works, has been made available for download here on this website by Sylvia Budde-Manhart:
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Sheet music:

There are scholarly editions and practical editions available. The “Collected Works” edition was begun in 1935 by Ugrino publishing house, containing Vol. I - VIII. These volumes are available at older academic libraries only. For a time they were available as reprint at Broude Edition. Since 1987, the Collected Works edition is beeing continued by Broude. Information about the current state may be found at the Broude catalogue: (dort auf Seite 15)
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Practical editions are available for the majority of Buxtehude’s works - see the List of Works paragraph above.

On this website, Ton Koopman made available sheet music which has been produced for his “Opera omnia” recording project. Roland Wilson contributed his “Das jüngste Gericht” materials. Both are available here on site in our
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Additional online sources for free sheet music are CPDL (vocal music) and IMSLP (instrumental music) and the Buxtehude Group at Yahoo:
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1637 (?)

born as son of Johann Buxtehude (1602-1674), probably in Helsingborg (now Sweden), where Johann Buxtehude served as organist of St. Mary’s church from probably 1633 until 1641.

 

 

1641

Johann Buxtehude obviously becomes organist of St. Olai’s church in Helsingør (Denmark), the family moves to that place

 

1658

 

Dieterich Buxtehude takes the post of organist of St. Mary’s church of Helsingborg, his father’s former job

 

1660

Dieterich Buxtehude becomes organist of St. Mary’s church in Helsingør

 

1666

A visit of Dieterich Buxtehudes to Copenhagen is documented

 

 

1667

 

Franz Tunder, organist of St. Mary’s church of Lübeck since 1641, died on 5 November.

 

1668

Dieterich Buxtehude applies as Tunders successor. On 16 March Johan Radeck is appointed as successor of Buxtehude at St. Mary’s, Helsingør.
11 April Buxtehude is appointed organist and  “Werkmeister” of St. Mary’s, Lübeck.
23 July he becomes citizen of Lübeck.
3 August he marries Tunder’s daughter Anna Margareta.

 

1669

Buxtehude asks for the construction of new balconies in the nave of St. Mary’s to enlarge the usable space for musicians.

 

 

1674

Death of father Johann Buxtehude. Dieterich Buxtehude publishes the composition “Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin”.
In Hamburg the painting “Domestic Music Scene” by Johannes Voorhout is made,  obviously showing the only image of buxtehude preserved.

 

1678

Abendmusik “Die Hochzeit des Lammes”

 

 

1679

An Abendmusik with about 40 musicians is mentioned

 

 

1680

Lent music “Membra Jesu Nostri”

 

 

1681

Nicolaus Bruhns studies with Buxtehudes

 

 

1682

Abendmusik “Das jüngste Gericht”

 

 

1684

Georg Dieterich Leiding studies with Buxtehudes

 

 

1687

Buxtehude travels to test the Arp Schnitger organ of St. Nicholas church, Hamburg

 

 

1688

Abendmusik based on the parable of the prodigal son

 

 

1694

Publication of the Trio Sonatas Op. 1

 

 

1696

Publication of the Trio Sonatas Op. 2

 

 

1697

Music for the dedication of the Fredenhagen altar

 

 

1699

Johann Pachelbel dedicates his “Hexachordon Apollinis” to Buxtehude

 

 

1700

Five mixed programs for the Abendmusiken

 

 

1703

Georg Friedrich Händel and Johann Mattheson visit Buxtehude from Hamburg on 17 August

 

 

1704

Extension of St. Mary’s Large organ by Otto Hinrich Richborn

 

 

1705

“Extraordinary” Abendmusiken “Castrum Doloris” (on the death of Leopold I.) and “Templum Honoris” (on the coronation of Joseph I)

 

 

1705/06

Johann Sebastian Bach visits Buxtehude between November 1705 and February 1706 from Arnstadt (Thuringia). He attends the mentioned Abendmusiken

 

1707

Dieterich Buxtehude dies on 9 May and is buried in St. Mary’s a week later. His student Johann Christian Schieferdecker is appointed as his successor.

 

last updated
04 November, 2015

 



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