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Dieterich Buxtehude: Organist in Lübeck: Organist in Lubeck (Eastman Studies in Music) [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Kerala J. Snyder
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20 Aug 2008 Eastman Studies in Music
This book is a new edition of the most comprehensive life-and-works study of the great Baroque-era organist and composer Dieterich Buxtehude (ca. 1637-1707), released to celebrate the tercentenary of the composer's death. Originally published in 1987 and long out of print, Dieterich Buxtehude: Organist in Lübeck is considered by most musicologists to be the definitive biography. It also includes close description of Buxtehude's compositional output, from trio sonatas to the famed Abendmusiken: Buxtehude's yearly oratorio presentations. The young J. S. Bach traveled to Lübeck on foot in 1705 to learn as much as he could from the great master of the organ and of Lutheran church music. The revised edition contains new information on the organs that Buxtehude played in Scandinavia and Lübeck, excerpts from the newly available account books from St. Mary's in Lübeck, a discussion of newly discovered sources, including one written by J. S. Bach, an evaluation of recent scholarship on Buxtehude, and an extensive bibliography. Written for both the casual reader and the serious scholar. The accompanying CD provides examples of all genres discussed in the book -- vocal works, a trio sonata, harpsichord music, and organ music newly recorded on the North German meantone organ in Gothenburg, Sweden, by a noted specialist in this repertoire, Hans Davidsson, who is professor of organ at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music and the founder of the Göteborg Organ Art Center (GOArt). Kerala J. Snyder is Professor Emerita of Musicology, Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester).

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  • Hardcover: 584 pages
  • Publisher: University of Rochester Press; 2Rev Ed edition (20 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580462537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580462532
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 16.3 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,005,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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(The contents of) the splendid CD recording . . . are listed at the front of the book. And what a book it is. Finally, three centuries after his death, Buxtehude has gotten his long-delayed due between two covers, updated and written in an accessible and coherent manner, ready to be referred to and bookmarked by all who love, perform, or just enjoy listening to this master's splendid music. . . . Even if you own the earlier long out-of-print version, put this one beside it for its many updates. And if you've tired of borrowing that earlier one from a library, here's the chance to put this valuable resource on your own bookshelves for handy reference. THE AMERICAN ORGANIST (Barbara Owen) (Snyder) writes engagingly throughout and provides a rich array of musical examples and descriptions. EARLY MUSIC (Julie Anne Sadie) A model of modern music biography. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MUSICOLOGICAL SOCIETY (George Stauffer) Worthy of its subject, perhaps, as few other books can really claim to be. MUSICAL TIMES(Stephen Daw) Snyder's prose is commendably clear, making the book accessible to the lay reader and also illuminating for the specialist. . . . The organ tracks (on the CD) have been newly recorded by Hans Davidsson. . . . Elegantly typeset. . . . A welcome reissue of an authoritative and highly readable text on one of the main figures of the German Baroque. EARLY MUSIC (Stephen Rose) (Includes a CD) of Buxtehude's music in first-class performances. . . . A vast amount of solid and absolutely sound scholarship and documentation (150 pages of appendices). . . . The book itself is very readable. EARLY MUSIC REVIEW One of the best volumes about the life and times of a musician ever to appear in English. Its survey of Buxtehude's world is a must for anyone studying the baroque. . . . Summing Up: Essential. All readers; all levels. CHOICE (Jane Ambrose) A wonderful book. . . . This is the bible about Buxtehude. If you want to know anything about Buxtehude, this is the book to get. ...An absolute must. BBC CD REVIEW (Nick Morgan)

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Kerala Snyder is professor emerita of musicology at the Eastman School of Music.

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5.0 out of 5 stars New book on Buxtehude 6 April 2009
Currently this is the best and most authoritative study devoted to Buxtehude. The author reviews her previous statements (presented in the 1st edn.), e.g., in judging the only portrait of the composer. The book is worth having, undoubtedly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great and informative book 22 Mar 2014
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Useful book and also in great condition. Describes life and works of Buxtehude in great detail. Found it very helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reissued At Last! Snap It Up!!!!! 7 July 2007
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Buxtehude's music remains one of the great pleasures of classical music - thoughtful and rich in melody, filled to overflowing with new ideas and freshness. For several years Kerala Snyder's book has been out of print, and unscrupulous book dealers have demanded exhorbitant prices for used copies. Now reissued it is possible to once again obtain a personal copy.
Although the price is high do not let that hold you back - this is an excellent achievement, and will probably remain the only major book in English on one of the greatest German composers. Highest recommendation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Word about Buxtehude 13 Sep 2007
By Paul Van de Water - Published on Amazon.com
Bach's 250-mile journey on foot in 1705 from Arnstadt to Lubeck to visit Buxehude is one of the great tales in the history of music. If you've listened to some of Buxtehude's music (see my "Listmania!" list of Buxtehude's vocal music) and would like to learn more about the composer, his life, and his works, this is the one and only place to go. This second edition (published 20 years after the first) commemorates the 300th anniversary of the composer's death. It's reasonably accessible and readable for someone (like myself) who loves music but is not a professional musician. Among other things, it contains a very useful list of all of Buxtehude's compositions.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A serious biography of Dieterich Buxtehude 2 Jan 2010
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Dieterich Buxtehude: Organist in Lubeck is a serious biography, researched in depth, yet interesting. Little is left to the imagination. Any part of his life that can be supported by scholarly research is present. Readable? yes, as well as provocative. We see a 17th century organist emerge from under his father's tutelage, as well as many other prominent organists, move to Lubeck probably because of the plague in his home town. and become his own accomplished person. His creativity is revealed from the very beginning with innovative fingering as well as many compositions showing great promise. Not everything went his way. We read of his struggles which reveal uncertainty of his future. Yet Buxtehude became well-known sufficiently that the famous J.S. Bach hiked a great distance to meet Buxtehude, to learn from him. Finanally, there's a CD found at the end of the book which demonstrates the many musical genres employed by Buxtehude. The book is also comprehensively documented, though such references are kept in low profile appendices at the end of the book.
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