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Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott

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Uploaded by: EdoL (09/12/17)
Composer: Weckmann, Matthias
Sample Producer: OrganArt Media
Sample Set: 1766 Riepp Heilig-Geist Organ, Ottobeuren, Germany
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Baroque
Matthias Weckmann (Weckman) (probably 1616–1674) was a German musician and composer of the Baroque period.

His musical training took place in Dresden (as a chorister at the Saxon Court, under the direction of Heinrich Schütz), then in Hamburg where he worked with the famous organist Jacob Praetorius at the Saint Peter's church (Petrikirche).

He was introduced to the Italian concertato, polychoral and monodic styles as well as the style of Sweelinck's pupils, some of whom had settled in Hamburg. Weckmann travelled to Denmark in 1637 with Schütz, became organist in Dresden at the Electoral Court of Saxony from 1638 to 1642, and returned to Denmark until 1647.

During a stay in Dresden from 1649 to 1655, he met Johann Jakob Froberger during a musical competition which had been organized by the Elector. They remained friends and in correspondence with each other.

In 1655, after a competition, he was named titular organist at Saint James church (Jakobkirche) in Hamburg, and spent his remaining life there. This was the most productive period of his life: his compositions of this time include a collection of 1663, which set sacred texts mentioning the terrible plague which killed his first wife and many of his colleagues in Hamburg that year, including Heinrich Scheidemann.

He died in Hamburg and was buried in a family grave in St. James's Church beneath the organ.

Weckmann composed chorale preludes and music for the organ and harpsichord that mixes Italian and French influences, sonatas for three or four instruments, and orchestral and vocal music. Stylistically, he mostly followed the progressive tendencies of Schütz.

Weckmann is a good example of a composer whose works would have been completely lost to history, had it not been for the 19th century interest in researching the predecessors of J.S. Bach.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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