Dietrich Buxtehude is probably most familiar to modern
classical music audiences as the man who inspired the
young Johann Sebastian Bach to make a lengthy
pilgrimage to Lubeck, Buxtehude's place of employment
and residence for most of his life, just to hear
Buxtehude play the organ. But Buxtehude was a major
figure among German Baroque composers in his own right.
Though we do not have copies of much of the work that
most impressed his contemporaries, Buxtehude
nonetheless left behind a body of vocal and
instrumental music which is distinguished by its
contrapuntal skill, devotional atmosphere, and raw
intensity. He helped develop the form of the church
cantata, later perfected by Bach, and he was just as
famous a virtuoso on the organ.
This canzonetta in G major is the only multi-sectional
canzonetta among the extant Buxtehude canzonetti. It is
in two sections. It is links together two brief fugal
passages with related subjects. The second section is a
12/8 variation on the first section which is in common
time. The two fugal passages are separated by only a
couple of measures of free material.
I created this Interpretation of the Canzonetta in G
Major (BuxWV 171) for Brass Quartet (Bb Trumpet,
Flugelhorn, French Horn & Euphonium).