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Passacaglia in D Minor, Buxtehude's best work? BuxWV 161.

 Going to try and be analytical but brief about this work, which in my opinion is of the highest quality Buxtehude ever wrote:

The piece begins with the Passacagila of F - A - E - F - C - D - C, where the the counterpoint begins on the off beat of the first bar and F, in sectional chords almost exactly like Johann Sebastian Bach's own Passacagila, except he states the subject initially in the pedal - and of course this work was a inspiration for him and he most likely heard it during his visit to Buxtehude - story for another time.

The initial section is in the home key of D Minor, which of course leads to the dominant of A in the second, where several motifs from section 1 are developed, culminating into a almost robotic repeat of the passacagila in block chords over the pedal, which is soon interrupted by - and quite frequent in Buxtehude's works free from counterpoint.
This counterpoint builds to a section of repeated chords below off beat quavers in a broken arpeggiated rhythm that leads to a deceptive cadence, which after a short intermission is resolved and the final section begins.

The final section mostly consists of alternations between triplets initially and a chord progression of a third, to second, to third from the supertonic to tonic, repeating higher and higher in octaves until a final downwards flare of 16th notes leads to the final chord cadence.

Overall the piece starts of which specific rhythms which are very carefully and masterfully manipulated in ways beyond my comprehension, but it has proved to be his best known work and one of the best regarded in the entire baroque era in it's own right, and that speaks for itself.

Sonata in D for Viola da gamba and continuo / Harpsichord. BuxWV 268.

A deceptively simple but ingenious composition in 2 distinct parts, with a coda. The first is very dance-like and free and in D Major has a very beautiful feel to the music. The second part maintains a similar character, yet utilizes more staccato notes and leaps to create a sort of bouncy rhythm - and finally the coda is a short Allegro - Adagio section which is a combination of the first and second sections of dance rhythms and staccato.

Praeludium in G Mol. BuxWV 149.

A Prelude for Organ in G Minor, with a ostinato pedal over brilliant counterpoint above, reminiscent of his Passacagila, leading into my favorite fugue he composed - then a brief Allegro section with very quirky yet rhythmic patterns, into a final brilliant fugue.
Then ending with a coda in which the performer interprets the ending chord as one giant appoggiatura, which I love.


I would never have assumed that one of the most influential and highly regarded composers of the Baroque era (and all music to some, hinting at who ;) would not have a group or little discussions surrounding him so I have just created this as of 26 August 2019.

Intended for the posting of his music in any form - score or just audio, even with video of live performances.
As well as discussion into what little we know of him and his life, especially and most notably his influence on the greatest composer to ever live: Johann Sebastian Bach.

New Owner Here

Hello there. I’m the new owner of this group. The original creator was Phia_Jo, who has since deleted her accounts for unknown reasons. I decided to take over her place as owner in hopes that this group can grow. While at the moment the group appears to be very dead, I’m hoping that in time things will start picking up with this group. Only time can really tell though. Regardless, I hope everyone enjoys it here and remember, “If you can’t be nice, be quiet.”

Sound Not Playing

So I'm currently working on copying a piece that I made a sort of arrangement on from onto Musescore but the "Violin" and "Cello" ensembles aren't playing any sound whenever I hit the play button to listen to it.

I've been trying to mess with the inspector and velocity settings but it hasn't done anything. Can someone kindly help out? Much appreciated if someone could.