Buxtehude Festival in New York
In 1705, Johann Sebastian Bach walked 250 miles from Arnstadt in central Germany to Lübeck in the north to hear Dietrich Buxtehude (pronounced book-steh-HOO-deh) play the organ. I've heard this story a thousand times and have always thought that that was Buxtehude's place in history — a name in an anecdote to add color to JS Bach's biography.
Turns out he's highly regarded enough even today that a Buxtehude festival is going to be held in New York to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the composer’s death. All of the German-Danish organist's surviving works for the organ will be played at St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue. Listen to Baroque music for free in a church!
TEN SATURDAYS WITH BUXTEHUDE
the complete organ works of Buxtehude
performer: John Scott
4 - 4:45 PM
February 3, 10, 17, 24
May 12, 19, 26