Dietrich Buxtehude

Praeludium for organ in C major, BuxWV 136

    Description by Andrus Madsen

    This Praeludium in C major is a classic seven-section Buxtehude praeludium, consisting of four toccata-like free sections alternating with three fugal imitative sections. The opening free section is the longest of the toccata-like sections, and the interior free sections grow out of the fugues as if the strict imitative counterpoint is decaying into a free chaos that eventually makes some sort of brief riot before another fugue starts again. In this praeludium each of the fugue subjects is thematically related. Each one begins on G', ascends to A', and then drops down to E'. The second fugue embellishes the basic scaffolding of the first fugue with added sixteenth notes, the third fugue embellishes the first with added triplets. For the most part the fugues are in four-voice counterpoint; however, the last fugue also includes a brief moment of five-voice polyphony.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Praeludium
    2. Allegro (Fuga)

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 Dacapo 8206005
    2015 Bayard Musique B 3082312
    2011 Hyperion CDA 67855
    2009 Documents 224050
    2009 Challenge Classics 72249
    2007 Vox 3613
    2007 MDG 3141438
    2007 Loft Recordings 1092
    2007 Naxos 8570311
    2007 Harmonia mundi 2901484
    2006 Pro Organo 7170
    2006 Loft Recordings 1080
    2004 Dacapo 8226008
    2003 Delta Distribution 40022
    2000 Danacord 383
    1999 MDG 3140269
    1996 Classico 143-48
    1994 MDG 3269
    1993 Harmonia Mundi 2901484
    1990 Laserlight 15840
    1990 Laserlight 15980
    1990 Laserlight 15242
    Arkay Records 6130
    Ligia 104025
    Paula Records 68
    Arkay Records 6088