It is difficult when listening to the great organ music of the Baroque Era not to think that this was a time when the style of music and resources of the organ were most perfectly matched. Undoubtedly as large organs in that day required many men to pump the air they were not played much outside the church service schedule.
So imagine the impact upon the average church goer this sound must have made. And of course unless they were wealthy and attending formal orchestral concerts this will have been the only time they heard anything like the power and majesty of sound. No radio or records in those days!
Buxtehude was without doubt the greatest baroque organ composer and performer until J S Bach came along. Bach is perhaps inevitably held in higher regard but then he had the foundation laid by Buxtehude on which to build. The long journey that Bach made on foot to hear Buxtehude is testimony to the reputation he built in a time long before mass media was available for such purposes.
This prelude and fugue is in typical baroque style with a flamboyant prelude with a suitable grand conclusion followed by a charming and simply weaved fugue which leads into a much more elaborate and authoritative conclusion. Almost as if to say pay attention! this is a wonderful piece, and here is a magnificent full stop!
Download the midi file: Praeludium in D major — Buxtehude
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About Jonathan Kingston’s Musical Background
Jonathan studied the organ with Professor Ian Tracey and Ian Wells of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, home to one of the largest pipe organs in the world. He was appointed Organ Scholar, and subsequently Sub-Organist to Bradford Cathedral before securing positions as Assistant Director and Director of Music at two leading independent schools. He is currently Associate Director of Music at the Ordinariate Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Piccadilly.
Jonathan’s Work With Regent Classic
I am pleased to have Jonathan working with us – he covers several areas from sales, demonstrations, voicing of instruments and performing. He would be very pleased to hear from any churches or individuals requiring an engaging and lively recitalist. If you would like to connect with Jonathan directly, please feel free to follow him on Twitter (@jonkingston) or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Custom built Digital Organ Being Played
Jonathan plays this piece on our private client instrument. This has 84 speaking stops. It is a 3 manual instrument but with a floating solo division. It is based on the very successful physical modelling ‘Physis’ sound technology used in all standard Viscount instruments. This particular instrument has a real oak console with Rosewood draw stops and Rosewood and Walnut keyboards. It has a internal library of over 500 alternative voice samples allowing the user to create totally individual voice pallets from classic English through Baroque and Romantic. For more information have a look at its specifications here.