News for Reinken
- Earliest Bach manuscript discovered
[posted 4 September 2006]
Researchers in Weimar, Germany, have discovered the earliest known manuscripts of Johann Sebastian Bach. The manuscripts are copies of choral fantasies by Buxtehude (Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein) and Reinken (An Wasserflüssen Babylon), and were written down by Bach in 1700, when he was 15 years old. The two pieces are in tabulatur notation.
The found manuscripts stem form what is left from the large collection of the Anna-Amalia library in Weimar, which burnt down in 2004. The small part that is left happened to be sent away for restauration at the time of the fire.
- Hortus musicus (Hamburg, 1687) — 6 sonatas for 2 violins, viola da gamba, and basso continuo
- 8 Suites (keyboard)
- 3 sets of variations (keyboard)
- Toccata in G (keyboard)
- 2 large Chorale settings (fantasias) (organ)
(Contribution by Mr. Sardonicus.)
Recent research on the birth date and place of Reincken seems to suggest that he was actually born in Deventer, The Netherlands, where he was baptized on 10 December 1643 (see the Wikipedia article), contradictin Mattheson’s claim he was born on 27 April 1623, in Wilshausen, Germany.
Reincken then returned to Deventer in 1657, where he was to become organist in the “Bergkerk”. A year later he again moved to Hamburg to become Scheidemann’s assistant. Reincken then succeeded him in 1663, and stayed in function till his death.