Buxtehude belongs to the generation of organists before Johann Sebastian Bach, who, like Handel, once travelled to Lübeck to
hear the master perform at the Marienkirche, where he served as organist for forty years, from 1667 until his death in 1707. He wrote a considerable quantity of music, choral and
instrumental, for church use, as well as chamber music and keyboard music of a more secular kind.
Buxtehude's many surviving compositions for the organ include some twenty Preludes and a larger number of chorale preludes, variations on Lutheran chorale melodies.
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