Bach & Buxtehude: Organ Works
Label: Leaf Music
This recording of organ music performed by Gayle h. Martin highlights the organ music of Johann Sebastian Bach and Dietrich Buxtehude. The repertoire exposes the two composers' shared musical influences and unique compositional style. Because the two composers spent the majority of their lives playing, directing, and composing church music, organ composition and performance were at the heart of both of their careers. The Praeludia (also called toccatas) of Buxtehude and the preludes and fugues of Bach belong to instrumental genres not based on a tune with text. These works were written with religions intent for inclusion at the beginning or end of church services, but also used as concert material. In contrast to the chorale fantasias, these works are rife with pedal. Gayle h. Martin is Associate Professor of Music at Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, where she is University Organist and teaches organ performance, musicianship, choral conducting, introduction to conducting, and music history. She also directs the Elliot Chorale, and coaches the early music group, Opella Nova.