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Friday Night Organ; Everything comes in threes  

 

The Evil Genius
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09/11/2018 8:56 pm  

As our survey continues there is a recurrent theme--that great composers in a particular region or time period come in threes. So far for the early German Baroque we have had Scheidemann, and Weckmann and tonight we look at the third guy in this succession; Franz Tunder (1614-1667) was born in Lubeck. Little is known about his early life other than his talent was sufficient to allow him to be appointed as court organist to the Duke of Holstein- in Gottorf at the tender age of 18. A few years earlier, he had gone to Italy in the company of Johann Heckelaurer and it is likely that he studied with Gilolamo Frescobaldi while he was in Florence.

Between 1632 and 1641, Tunder worked in Gottorf as "Hoforganist". In 1641 he succeeded Peter Hasse (A student of Sweelinck) as the organist of the Marienkirche, Lubecks main church. In 1647 he became administrator and treasurer there also. He held that post for the rest of his life. His successor was Dieterich Buxtehude. Buxtehude married Tunder's daughter, Anna Margarethe, in 1668. We'll be getting to him later.

Tunder began the tradition of "Abendmusiken", a long series of free concerts in the Marienkirche, the most elaborate of which were before Christmas. The earliest of these concerts occurred in 1646. The concerts seem to have originated as organ performances specifically for the businessmen who congregated at the weekly opening of the town's stock exchange. These concerts were to continue through the 17th and 18th centuries; they were distinguished from other concerts by having free admission (for they took place in a church), and by being financed by the business community.

First we have a short work by Hasse, a prelude in F (What the heck I mentioned the guy so the least I can do is showcase one of his works. )

Perhaps Tunder's most famous work is his Prelude No. 2 in G minor.

And one of my all time favorite Chorale: Christ Lag in Todesbanden;

 

 

 


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MG-ɹǝʍo┴
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10/11/2018 12:40 am  

"Everything comes in threes"


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The Evil Genius
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10/11/2018 2:42 am  

I hate you Tower.

 


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10/11/2018 8:10 am  

I found this today and thought I would share, more in the realm of what The Evil Genius likes from my end, I like your stuff too Pete. This one is a regular modern piano but it sounds nice, you can peak into my soul when you listen to it  😇 

I added this photo for the dramatic affect when you listen to the music.

#Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. (Revelation 3:3)


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10/11/2018 8:36 am  
Posted by: The Evil Genius

I hate you Tower.

 

Yea, so what? 

I get that allot! 

Without people hating me I'd be lost! 

At least you can utter the words, most people can't, they just fly off the handle and loose their shit! 


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10/11/2018 11:16 pm  
Posted by: The Evil Genius

I hate you Tower.

 

I feel your pain, as they say. The recording on the Chorale sounded off to me. Something didn't sound right. Maybe poor mic placement? Weird acoustics in the cathedral? While a different piece by F. Tunder, this one sounds better to me in terms of how the organ sounds. Both pieces are well composed especially by the standards of that time, in my opinion. Hasse, while pleasant enough, doesn't keep my attention, his music becomes more background than main focus. I guess that's not inappropriate in a Prelude, but I am spoiled by works of the successors to these composers.


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11/11/2018 12:40 am  

Christ Lag in Todesbanden is beautiful. Thank you for sharing these EG.


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Posted by: The Evil Genius

I hate you Tower.

 

I feel your pain, as they say. The recording on the Chorale sounded off to me. Something didn't sound right. Maybe poor mic placement? Weird acoustics in the cathedral? While a different piece by F. Tunder, this one sounds better to me in terms of how the organ sounds. Both pieces are well composed especially by the standards of that time, in my opinion. Hasse, while pleasant enough, doesn't keep my attention, his music becomes more background than main focus. I guess that's not inappropriate in a Prelude, but I am spoiled by works of the successors to these composers.

What'd I do? You guys are just like the roadrageous people I trigger all the time while driving! 

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The Evil Genius
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11/11/2018 5:12 pm  

WOW Redpillbible---I'm not a big fan of piano but your offering is really GOOD! 

BSC, you have a very good ear brother. The recording I selected is played on an organ made by the Paul Fritts company in 2008. Here is the specifications:

https://www.esm.rochester.edu/organ/files/Sacred-Heart-Fritts-spec.pdf

I think he went a little overboard with trying to make this sound like an old school dutch instrument. Note that there is an independent trumpet stop IN EACH MANUAL and that huge extension in the pedal. Never seen that before. That and the trumpet stops sound tuned after a french character, not a German. The organ performance you chose is better---if I'm not mistaken that is the St. Jacobi Hamburg---nothing like going to the source, and listening on a period instrument. GOOD CALL

I was kidding Tower. I put the dueling cellos on just for brother!  😉 


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