Dieterich Buxtehude (c. 1637/39 – 9 May 1707) was a Danish organist and composer of the Baroque period, whose works for the organ represent a central part of the standard organ repertoire usually performed at recitals and church services.
As a composer who worked in various vocal and instrumental idioms, Buxtehude's style greatly influenced other composers, such as his student Johann Sebastian Bach. Historically, Buxtehude is among the important composers of the mid-Baroque period in Germany.
BuxWV 157 is a bright and well-known work. I hadn't played this in years, but just felt like a change of pace today, so, I gave this a try.
I recorded it a quite a distance, and the Pedal seems to lack some definition. I'm trying to guard against making my pedal too heavy, which is a problem I often have, but the sound seems a bit "mushy" in spots, without having enough clarity.
I used one of the "mean-tone" temperaments with this, but I don't know which one I have here. I don't usually alter such things, and I know it's not right for this organ, but I guess it "colorizes" the music somewhat. :-)
The score is attached below, as well as the only known portrait of Buxtehude, found in "A Musical Party," painted by Johannes Voorhout in 1674.
I've also included Buxtehude's signature, a picture of the Buxtehude House, and a plaque marking its significance.