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Praeludium D-Dur BuxWV139

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Uploaded by: EdoL (07/20/15)
Composer: Buxtehude, Dieterich
Sample Producer: OrganART Media
Sample Set: Arp Schnitger, Steinkirchen (1687)
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: Baroque
Description:
This D major effort follows the pattern Buxtehude used for his praeludia. It opens with an introductory episode in free form followed by a fugal portion, which typically comes in two related sections or, as is the case here, three.

The work begins with an exchange of arpeggiated chords from the two manuals, after which the pedals enter with their heftier sonorities to further enrich the musical canvas, and to impart the sense the notes are in lively dialogue amid the increasingly lively, regal atmosphere.

The first fugal section follows, presenting a modest single line at the outset, which then quickly accrues contrapuntal activity. The pacing is lively, the music gradually taking on an atmosphere of grandeur as chords thicken.

A brief Adagio section ensues, bringing on big chords.

The final panel here is cast in toccata form, with several brilliantly contrasting sections, Buxtehude deftly mixing virtuosic with epic music.

The work ends in a blaze of triumph, with powerful sustained chords from the manuals and pedals alike.

Analysis by Robert Cummings.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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