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[Sticky] Friday Night Organ Matthias Weckmann
Matthias Weckmann (1616--1674) was a German musician and composer of the Baroque period. He was born in Niederdorla (Thuringia) and died in Hamburg. His musical training took place in Dresden (as a chorister at the Saxon Court, under the direction of Heinrich Schütz), then in Hamburg where he worked with the famous organist Jacob Praetorius at the Saint Peter's church (Petrikirche). As we know from last week this means he was just a couple of blocks north of Scheidemann's church--St Catherine.
He was introduced to the Italian concertato, polychoral and monodic styles — because Schütz had journeyed in Italy when a young man and he had met Giovanni Gabrieli and Monteverdi — as well as the style of Sweelinck's pupils, some of whom had settled in Hamburg. Weckmann traveled to Denmark in 1637 with Schütz, became organist in Dresden at the Electoral Court of Saxony from 1638 to 1642, and returned to Denmark until 1647 (during the Thirty Years' War).
During his last stay in Dresden from 1649 to 1655, he met Johann Jakob Froberger (whom I featured a couple of weeks ago) during a musical competition which had been organized by the Elector. They remained friends and in correspondence with each other. In 1655, after a competition, he was named titular organist at Saint James church (Jakobkirche) in Hamburg, and spent his remaining life there. Another important Hamburg church a couple of blocks kitty-corner between St. Peter's and St. Catherine's. He founded a renowned orchestral ensemble, the so-called Collegium Musicum in Hamburg. This was the most productive period of his life: his compositions of this time include a collection of 1663, which set sacred texts mentioning the terrible plague which killed his first wife and many of his colleagues in Hamburg that year, including Heinrich Scheidemann. He died in Hamburg and was buried in a family grave in St. James's Church beneath the organ. Please note this is the organ built BEFORE the famous Arp Schnitger.
First up is a CD trailer--which normally I would not include BUT it features the new Flentrop organ at St. Catherine and after all the interest that generated last week I have to include it.
My favorite work the Fantasia in D
The Canzon in D
Praeambulum Primi Toni a 5 And this played on the famous Christen Muller Organ
Here is a fine chorale "Es ist das Heil uns kommen her" And it looks like it is played on the Schnitger of St Jacobi Hamburg so we get a great sampling of the organ's tonal colors
Finally we have the Chorale Gelobet seist du Jesu Christ. I know this is played on a Hauptwerk virtual organ but it is still pretty good. No the video doesn't match--the video is of St. Jacobi again but the virtual organ is the Laurenskerk.
Just to round things out here are some sonaten:
I added a Logitech computer speaker system with bass to my tool cart at work, powered by a six port UPS.
The sound expands well in the shop and the bass speaker fills in the low tones nicely. You can feel those big horns when they blow!
Do NOT chase tail. Turn yours around and live FREE!