BUXTEHUDE AND THE DANCE OF DEATH: THE CHORALE PARTITA AUF MEINEN LIEBEN GOTT (BUXWV 179) AND THE ARS MORIENDI IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY

@article{Rathey2010BUXTEHUDEAT,
  title={BUXTEHUDE AND THE DANCE OF DEATH: THE CHORALE PARTITA AUF MEINEN LIEBEN GOTT (BUXWV 179) AND THE ARS MORIENDI IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY},
  author={Markus Rathey},
  journal={Early Music History},
  year={2010},
  volume={29},
  pages={161 - 188}
}
In his chorale partita Auf meinen lieben Gott (BuxWV 179) Dieterich Buxtehude combines the (sacred) genre of the chorale with the (secular) genre of a dance suite by modelling the variations of the partita on popular dances. This essay explores the Sitz im Leben of the composition and shows that it was part of a larger trend to turn hymn settings into keyboard pieces that borrowed stylistic features from contemporary dances. At the same time, the choice of the hymn has to be understood within… 

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