From time to time and mostly out of the blue a feeling of sadness sneaks into my heart, and I would be hard pressed to tell you where it came from or what triggered it. I’ve looked for reasons and found none. So be it then. If I have a quiet moment, I indulge in a piece of Baroque music. Baroque music can be such a consolation. Most often I would pick a piece composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, but not too long ago I settled for Dieterich Buxtehude.
Benedicam dominum in omni tempore – I will bless the Lord at all times. This old Gregorian chant uses a text from Psalm 34 and expresses the belief of Christians that faith will deliver them from the sin of mankind and reward them for any their suffering on earth. It is meant to give hope, to present God as a shining beacon to guide the faithful through night. At Christmas, Christians celebrate the moment this beacon was lit: the beginning of a new hope. The Baroque composer Dietrich Buxtehude has set this prayer to music in his work BuxWV 113. It has been recorded by the Göteborg Baroque Soloists and the Göteborg Baroque Arts Ensemble under Magnus Kjellson.
Buxtehude – now, what kind of name is that? It sounds like the name of a witch out of a German fairy tale. But no, Dieterich Buxtehude was a Danish-German composer and organist of the 17th century.