This is the most famous of the three ground bass pieces by Buxtehude, and shows the following innovation: the theme in the pedal changes keys 3 times:
d minor, F Major, a minor, and back to d minor, with clear modulations between each. And at times it's heartbreakingly lovely. Impulse reverberation
added. WAV file is available in RAR format: here (26.0 MB).
Midi File available.
Jackson/Brown & Arkley at St. Stephens Anglican, Penrith, NSW, Australia (1877/1977) -
Samples by Nicholas Appleton
- Passacaglio in D minor, BuxWV 161
Audio track was created with Hauptwerk v. 1 software
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