It is generally acknowledged as one of his most important works, and was possibly an influence on Bach 's Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor BWV , as well as Brahms ' music. Buxtehude's passacaglia only survives in a single source: the so-called Andreas Bach Buch, compiled by Johann Sebastian's eldest brother, Johann Christoph Bach — No information on the date of composition survives. Buxtehude scholar Michael Belotti suggested that all three ostinato works were composed after There are four sections, exploring a total of three keys. The first section is in D minor the tonic , the second in F major the relative major , the third in A minor the dominant , and the fourth returns to D minor.

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This recording happened as a sort of by-product of the recording session of the Triosonata. It is a small offering of a famous and very popular piece by Dietrich Buxtehude. Besides that, this will probably turn into a small series of all three ostinato works by Dietrich Buxtehude, as well as J. But before that, I will record some other pearls from the North German repertoire, namely the works of Nicolaus Bruins.

The first one of those has already been recorded and should be online very soon! The 28 variations divide up nicely into 4 times 7 variations and the story goes, that these variations reflect a moon cycle.

The reason for this belief is the fact, that in St. After the first 7 variations in D-Minor, 7 variations in F-Major and 7 variations in A-Minor follow, before the piece ends again with 7 more variations in D-Minor.

It is popular belief that the first section represents the new moon, the second section the rising moon, the third — the most dramatic one — the full moon, while the last represents the waning moon. Quite often this is additionally supported by registration changes, which is perfectly legit and convincing, but I prefer the musical gestures and different writings to speak for themselves and therefore performed the piece on one principal, which I find to be the most poetic solution for this piece.

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Passacaglia in D minor, BuxWV 161



Passacaglia in D minor, BuxWV 161 (Buxtehude, Dietrich)


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