NEW YORK, 27 JANUARY 2007â€” To mark the 300th anniversary of the composerâ€™s death, John Scott, Organist and Director of
Music at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, will perform Dietrich Buxtehudeâ€™s
complete organ works in a series of Saturday afternoon
recitals. Mr. Scott will perform on the Saint Thomas Taylor & Boody
organ, built in 1996 and consisting of
twenty-one stops over two manuals and pedals. The instrument is
inspired by the tradition of organ building which was active in the
Netherlands and North Germany in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707) was one of
the most influential musicians and composers of his generation. Musicians throughout Europe, including
both Bach and Handel, traveled long distances to hear
his music and to learn from the German-Danish composer and organ virtuoso
of St. Mary's Church, LĂĽbeck. Buxtehude made significant contributions to the
spheres of vocal, chamber and instrumental music, yet he is most revered
for his immense contribution to the organ repertoire.
composer, Buxtehude's brilliant and rhapsodic preludia and toccatas are characterized
by a spontaneous, extroverted and improvisatory flair, whereas his
chorales have an altogether more devotional, prayerful manner. In addition,
Buxtehude composed a group of short fugal pieces for manuals only,
without pedals, which are exquisite contrapuntal miniatures.
John Scott was born in 1956 in Wakefield, Yorkshire, where he became a
cathedral chorister. While still at school he gained the diplomas of the
Royal College of Organists and won the major prizes. In 1974 he became
Organ Scholar of St. Johnâ€™s College, Cambridge, where for four years he
acted as assistant to Dr. George Guest and held the Universityâ€™s John
Stewart of Rannoch Scholarship in Sacred Music. His organ studies were
with Jonathan Bielby, Ralph Downes, and Dame Gillian Weir. He made his
debut in the 1977 Promenade Concerts in the Royal Albert Hall, playing
Reubkeâ€™s Sonata on the 94th Psalm.
On leaving Cambridge, he was appointed Assistant Organist at Londonâ€™s
two Anglican cathedrals, St Paulâ€™s and Southwark. During this time he won
the first prizes from the Manchester and Leipzig J. S. Bach International
Organ Competitions in 1978 and 1984 respectively.
In 1985 he became Sub-Organist of St Paulâ€™s Cathedral. In 1990 he
succeeded Dr. Christopher Dearnley as Organist and Director of Music at
Saint Thomas Church.
minute Saturday performances are free of charge.
Concert Dates and
February 3, 10, 17, 24 at
4 - 4:45 pm
at 4 - 4:45 pm
April 28 at 4 - 4:45
May 12, 19, 26 at
4 - 4:45 pm
One West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
Tel: (1) 212 664 93
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