Monday, 31 December 2012

Buxtehude Organ Prelude in G minor - one of the greatest, darkest, most tragic pieces of music


I do not expect many people to agree - but I find this piece heart-wrenchingly beautiful; with (somehow) all the stark dignity, and tragedy, of the Lutheran Reformation in concentrate.

The composer speaks directly to me across the centuries as few others; from the Marienkirche, Lubeck, with outside (I imagine) the bitter, crisp, snowy darkness of a North German winter.

What I most like about this are the chromatic fugue subjects and bass ostinato - I don't think Bach ever came-up with anything more noble.