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Buxtehude, Dieterich Dieterich Buxtehude
Denmark Denmark
(1637 - 1707)
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Buxtehude, Dieterich: Choral Prelude: "Ein' Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott" for String Quartet

Choral Prelude: "Ein' Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott" for String Quartet
(BuxWV 184)
Dieterich Buxtehude

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Composer :Dieterich BuxtehudeBuxtehude, Dieterich (1637 - 1707)
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String Quartet

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Dieterich BuxtehudeMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Copyright :Public Domain
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 chorale prelude sets the famous reformation chorale, "A Mighty Fortress is our God." The chorale would have typically been sung on Reformation Sunday. The text of the first verse reads as follows, "A mighty fortress is our God, a tower of strength never failing. A helper mighty is our God, over ills of life prevailing. He overcometh all. He saveth from the fall. His might and power are great. He all things did create. And he shall reign for evermore."

Buxtehude takes a great deal of liberty as he ornaments the chorale melody in this particular prelude. The chorale melody is often a bit tricky to trace. Buxtehude's embellishment of the last line of the chorale melody is particularly interesting. He changes octave placement twice, shifting down an octave then shifting back up into the treble range. When he shifts down an octave the voice carrying the chorale melody crosses underneath the accompanying voices into the tenor range.

Source: AllMusic ( or-organ-in-c-major-buxwv-184-ein-feste-burg-ist-unser- gott-mc0002376484 ).

I created this Interpretation of the Choral Prelude: "Ein' Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott" (BuxWV 184) for String Quartet (2 Violins, Viola & Cello).
Added by magataganm the 2019-08-30

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