Dietrich Buxtehude

About Dietrich Buxtehude

Danish by birth, organist and composer Dietrich Buxtehude (ca. 1637-1707) was principally based in the German city of Lübeck and is considered a German composer. Buxtehude held a number of appointments in his native Denmark before replacing Franz Tunder at the Marienkirche in Lübeck in 1668, a position he held until his death. Buxtehude is considered the father of the German organ toccata and updated the prelude and fugue combination into the form that Johann Sebastian Bach inherited. Buxtehude also wrote a considerable amount of sacred choral music, mostly lost and not as well known as his organ music.

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