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Buxtehude, Dieterich Dieterich Buxtehude
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(1637 - 1707)
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Buxtehude, Dieterich: "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" for Woodwind Quintet

"Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" for Woodwind Quintet
BuxWV 100
Dieterich Buxtehude

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Composer :Dieterich BuxtehudeBuxtehude, Dieterich (1637 - 1707)
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Woodwind quintet : Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Horn, Bassoon

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Dieterich BuxtehudeMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Copyright :Public Domain
Dieterich Buxtehude (c. 1637 to 1639) was a German-Danish organist and composer of the Baroque period. His organ works represent a central part of the standard organ repertoire and are frequently performed at recitals and in church services. He composed in a wide variety of vocal and instrumental idioms, and his style strongly influenced many composers, including Johann Sebastian Bach. Buxtehude, along with Heinrich Schütz, is considered today to be one of the most important German composers of the mid-Baroque.

The commemoration of Buxtehude's death in 2007 resulted in widespread interest in his vocal works. Buxtehude left more than 120 such pieces, which is remarkable considering that as organist of St Mary's in Lübeck he was not responsible for the vocal music for the liturgy. Some of his sacred music may have been performed during the services on Sundays and feastdays, but most of it was probably intended for performance during public concerts, in particular the famous Abendmusiken.

"Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" (Awake, the voice calls us) is scored for alto, tenor, bass, two violins, and continuo. It is one of two cantatas by Buxtehude that use the chorale Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme as a source for both text and melody in the work. The chorale is from 1599 by Philipp Nicolai, and it is one of the more popular Lutheran chorales for the Advent season. The text of the chorale makes reference to the parable of the 10 virgins a story in which 10 women are waiting for the arrival of the bridegroom for a wedding. Five of the women run out of oil in their lamps and while they are fetching oil for their lamps the bridegroom comes and they are left out of the celebration, while those who were better prepared went in to the wedding feast. This parable was understood by Lutherans as a tale of caution told by Jesus urging Christians to be prepared for his second coming, and saw the bridegroom as a symbol of the returning Jesus. During the advent season Lutherans both celebrated the approaching anniversary of Jesus birth, and remembered the efforts that people made for the coming of Jesus, but also used the season to remind the faithful to be ready and prepared for Jesus to come again.

As this work was intended for performance during the Advent season, it I possible that the work may have been performed at Buxtehude's famous concert series, the "Abendmusiken" which ran during the Advent season every year at his church, St Mary's in Lübeck. The concert series was so highly esteemed that it often attracted visitors from far away to hear the concerts. Bach made a trek from Thüringen to Lübeck, (several hundred miles) just to hear the concerts.

As is the case in BuxWV 100 Buxtehude sets all three verses of the chorale. Sometimes he retains the melody of the chorale in some way or another, and other times he drops it completely. Often he uses phrases from the chorale as a subject for imitation creating fugal polyphonic textures. However when the chorale melody appears in this work it is almost always disguised by some sort of ornamentation. Often the ornamentation Buxtehude applies to the melody relates directly to the meaning of the text of the chorale. For instance the words "make yourselves ready" are set with snappy rhythms, and the words "jump for joy" are set with excited bouncy rhythms.

Although it was originally scored for Voice & Strings, I adapted this work for the traditional Woodwind Quintet (Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, French Horn and Bassoon) to accentuate their warm rich tones.
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Added by magataganm the 2013-04-09

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This sheet music is part of the collection of magataganm :
Flute Arrangements
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