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Dietrich Buxtehude

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Dietrich Buxtehude


Dietrich (or Dieterich) Buxtehude (c. 1637 – 9 May 1707) was a German-Danish organist, lutenist and a highly respected composer of the Baroque period.

Buxtehude's organ works comprise a central part of the standard organ repertoire and are frequently performed at recitals and church services. He wrote in a wide variety of vocal and instrumental idioms, and his style strongly influenced many composers, including Johann Sebastian Bach and Gustav Mahler. He was an organist, first in Helsingborg (1657-1658), then at Elsinore (Helsingør) (1660-1668), and last from 1668 at the Marienkirche in Lübeck, where he succeeded Franz Tunder.

N.B. Sources differ on the spelling of the first name. The Library of Congress uses "Dietrich," while the International Dietrich Buxtehude Society uses "Dieterich."

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