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Out of the Deep

Works by Franz Tunder and Nicolaus Bruhns form the programme for the next concert in Musica Poetica’s Tunder World series of lunchtime concerts at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate in the heart of the city of London.

Franz Tunder

Franz Tunder

The concert features perhaps Franz Tunder’s most evocative work, O Jesu dulcissime in which two violins weave a chromatic pattern around a bass vocal soloist. This is an impassioned prayer to Christ, typical of Tunder’s chorale fantasia style. In addition to being the main organist at Lübeck’s main church, the Marienkirche, he also became the administrator and treasurer there from 1647.

Two Violins

This cantata is paired with an extensive and virtuosic work by Nicolaus Bruhns, De profundis clamavi. Although he only lived to the age of 31 this Danish-German organist, violinist, and composer was one of the most prominent organists and composers of his generation. Bruhns’ music was heavily influenced by Tunder and his son-in-law, Dieterich Buxtehude, whose lovely keyboard Suite will also be performed.

Musica Poetica’s free lunchtime concerts at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate are inspired by the work of Franz Tunder who instigated the ‘Abendmusiken’ tradition of free concerts at the Marienkirche in Lübeck from about 1646 onwards.

Originally, the Abendmusiken were a series of organ recitals for the businessmen who congregated at the town’s stock exchange, but they soon grew into elaborate performances – especially at Christmas. These concerts continued through the 17th and 18th centuries and were unusual with their policy of free admission through being financed by the business community.

PROGRAMME

MUSICA POETICA

Franz Tunder
O Jesu dulcissime (O sweetest Jesus)

Dieterich Buxtehude
Suite in E minor BuxWV 236

Nicolaus Bruhns
De profundis clamavi (Out of the deep I call to you)

Join us for ‘Out of the Deep’ at 1.10pm  on Thursday 29 June in the tranquil setting of St Sepulchre-without-Newgate in the heart of the city of London.

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