Dieterich Buxtehude Biography
Birthday: June 24, 1637
Died At Age: 69
Sun Sign: Cancer
Born Country: Denmark
Born in: Bad Oldesloe
Famous as: Musical Composer and Organist
Spouse/Ex-: Anna Margarethe
father: Johannes Buxtehude
mother: Helle Jaspersdatters
children: Anna Margreta Buxtehude, Anna Sophia Buxtehude, Dorothea Catrin Buxtehude, Helena Buxtehude, Helena Elisabeth Buxtehude, Maria Engel Buxtehude
Died on: May 9, 1707
place of death: Lübeck
Dieterich Buxtehude was a prominent composer and organist of the Baroque period. Although his early years remain a mystery, he went on to make a mark with his music as an unparalleled composer of his time. He is probably known to classical modern music enthusiasts as the man who inspired and led the famous Johann Sebastian Bach. His versatility and his passion for music made him a pioneer in German Baroque compositions, and he left behind an indelible legacy of instrumental and vocal music with its church-like influences and a seasoned feel to it. He also played a pivotal role in developing the Church Cantata which later went on to be perfected by Bach. Along with being a distinguished musician, Buxtehude was also a glorious organ player. Most of his music resonated from the church and his music was central to Organ repertoires. Some of his famous works are the Prelude in F Major, ‘Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott’ and his famous Cantata BuxWV 104.
The composer died on 9th May 1707 of natural reasons, and was buried in the St. Mary’s cathedral a week later.
DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE TIMELINE
Born to Johann Buxtehude and his wife, probably in Helsingborg.
The family moves to Helsingor (Denmark) as the father is appointed as the organist at St. Olai church.
Dieterich takes over his father’s position as organist at the St. Mary’s church in Helsingborg.
He moves to Helsingor and is accorded the position of organist at the St. Mary’s church.
Franz Tunder, the original organist of St. Mary’s church, dies.
Buxtehude becomes Tunder’s successor and marries his daughter Anna Margareta with whom he has four children.
Death of Johann Buxtehude, Dieterich Buxtehude’s father.
First Abendmusik concert.
Nicolaus Bruhns studies with and under Buxtehude.
Buxtehude publishes the Trio Sonatas for the first time.
This year is witness to the five various musical programs associated with the Abendmusik concert which receives great response.
Johann Sebastian Bach travels 200 kilometers by foot to meet Buxtehude.
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