Franz Tunder

Biography

Born: 1614; Lübeck, Germany   Died: November 5, 1667; Lübeck, Germany  
Franz Tunder was a significant and influential figure in early North German Baroque music. Although many histories place his birth in Bannersdorf on the Island of Fehmarn, most recent research indicates Tunder was born in Lübeck. In his youth, Tunder traveled extensively, studying music in Burg and in Copenhagen, where in the latter instance his mentor was eminent Danish composer Melchior Borchgrevinck. When Tunder was named organist to the court Read more of Duke Friedrich III of Holstein-Gottorf, part of his training included traveling to Florence to study with Italian master Girolamo Frescobaldi. In 1641, Tunder assumed the prestigious post of organist at the Marienkirche in his hometown of Lübeck, remaining in the position until his death 26 years later at the age of about 56. When Tunder died, his post was taken over by Dietrich Buxtehude, who also married one of Tunder's daughters, following a custom common among successor organists in seventeenth century Germany.

While Tunder's surviving output is modest, it is nonetheless potent -- 15 works for organ, including chorale settings and preludes, an orchestral sinfonia that once belonged to a motet (now lost), and 17 vocal "concertos" that are classified under the general heading of "Abendmusiken." It is this last group of works that represents Tunder's most important accomplishment. In 1646, Tunder, at his own expense, mounted the earliest known series of public concerts held in Germany. Given in the evening, the series originally began merely as concerts of organ music held in the Marienkirche, but ultimately Tunder added singers and a small band of violins to the group, bringing about the form of "abendmusic" -- evening music. Scored for solo voices and a small orchestra with organ, the texts for the concerti, in Latin and German, are all sacred, yet none of these pieces was appropriate for use in church services. They were composed merely to entertain a population with rather pious tastes.

Buxtehude would continue abendmusic format after Tunder's death and raise it to such a high artistic standard that he is often misidentified as the originator of this style. However, Franz Tunder was there first, and his remaining music exemplifies the initiation of the basic North German Baroque style that in a few generations would lead to Johann Sebastian Bach, rooted in the sturdy tunes of Reformation hymnals, yet seasoned with an Italian flavoring and approach to instrumentation. Read less
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    Meine Seels - German Sacred Music / White, Weimann, Tempo Rubato
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22668 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Tunder,  Philipp Heinrich Erlebach,  Johann Rosenmüller  ... 
    Performer:  Matthew [Countertenor Vocal] White
    Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tempo Rubato
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    Organ of the Stadtkirche St Marien Celle / Brett Leighton
    Label: Musica Omnia   Catalog: 405 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Matthias Weckmann,  Jacob Praetorius,  Heinrich Scheidemann  ... 
    Performer:  Brett Leighton
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  • 3.
    Music of Old Cities & Royal Courts
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 283312 Release Date: 05/21/2013   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Gregor Joseph Werner,  Frederick the Great  ... 
    Performer:  Tivadar Bantay,  Christa Richter-Steiner,  Theo Altmeyer,  Lisa Otto  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernhard Paumgartner,  Karl Forster,  Wolfgang Meyer,  Hans von Benda  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica,  Baryton Trio,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Mein Herz Ist Bereit / Gotthold Schwarz, Hauke Ramm
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 6059 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Nicolaus Bruhns,  Georg Böhm,  Franz Tunder  ... 
    Performer:  Hauke Ramm,  Gotthold Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon Baroque Orchestra
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    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Sings Baroque Arias
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 94218 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Tunder,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Nicolaus Bruhns  ... 
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
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    Label: Raum Klang   Catalog: 31010 Release Date: 08/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kaspar Förster,  Johann Melchior Gletle,  Antonio Bertali,  Johann Wilhelm Furchheim  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolf Matthias Friedrich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Cornets Noirs
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    Sacred Arias / Dorothee Mields, Concerto Melante
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 7901812 Release Date: 05/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph Bernhard,  Johann Pachelbel,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Franz Tunder  ... 
    Performer:  Dorothee Mields
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Melante
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    Die Orgeln Der Marienkirche Zu Lubeck
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 1122 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Franz Tunder,  Jean-François Dandrieu,  Recorded Sound  ... 
    Performer:  Johannes Unger
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    Mein Herz Ist Bereit / Peter Kooij, Cordarte
    Label: Pan Classics   Catalog: 10211 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Tunder,  Johann Heinrich Schmelzer,  Johann Rosenmüller,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Kooy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cordearte
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    Ein Lammlein: 17th-century German Passion Music / The Teares Of The Muses
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 50160030 Release Date: 10/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Capricornus,  Johann Hermann Schein,  David Funck,  Samuel Scheidt  ... 
    Conductor:  Margaret Panofsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Teares Of The Muses
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    Bach: Solo Cantatas / Scholl, Kooy, Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 5908372 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Tunder,  Johann Kuhnau,  Nicolaus Bruhns  ... 
    Performer:  Andreas Scholl,  Peter Kooy,  Daniel Taylor,  Gerhard Hölzle  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale Orchestra,  La Chapelle Royale Chorus Paris,  Ghent Collegium Vocale
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    Reformation & Counter-reformation
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 101 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Johann Friedrich Doles,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Georg Böhm,  Johann Christoph Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Bernard Foccroulle,  Stephan Van Dyck,  Marius Van Altena,  Patrick Van Goethem  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe,  Philippe Pierlot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale Choir,  Ricercar Consort,  La Fenice
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    North German Organ Music, Vol. 1: Lubeck
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 3201624 Release Date: 10/05/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Recorded Sound,  Franz Tunder,  Peter Hasse,  Dietrich Buxtehude  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Rost
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    Harmoniae Sacrae / L'Armonia Sonora
    Label: Ramee   Catalog: 905 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Tunder,  Johann Valentin Meder,  Matthias Weckmann,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber  ... 
    Performer:  Hana Blazikova,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Mieneke Van der Velden
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Armonia Sonora
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    Charpentier: Rendez-mois Mes Plaisirs, Etc;  Tunder, Grandi, Monteverdi, Etc / Ledroit, Ricercar Consort
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 278 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Franz Tunder,  Alessandro Grandi,  Claudio Monteverdi  ... 
    Performer:  Henri Ledroit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort
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    Tunder, Hasse: Complete Organ Works / Flamme
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777370-2 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nicolaus Hasse,  Franz Tunder
    Performer:  Friedhelm Flamme
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    De Profundis - Bach, Bruhns, Buxtehude, Tunder / Pierlot, Macleod, Fernandez, Ricercar Consort
    Label: Mirare   Catalog: 41 Release Date: 01/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christoph Bach,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Franz Tunder,  Nicolaus Bruhns
    Performer:  Stephan Macleod
    Conductor:  Philippe Pierlot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort
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    De Profundis - German Baroque Cantatas / Musica Antiqua Köln
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 415526 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz,  Nicolaus Adam Strungk,  Matthias Weckmann,  Franz Tunder  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Zedelius,  Michael Schopper
    Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
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    Scheidemann, Böhm: Christ Lag In Todesbanden;  Bach, Buxtehude, Etc / Johannes Strobl
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 92560 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Scheidemann,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg Böhm,  Dietrich Buxtehude  ... 
    Performer:  Johannes Strobl
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    Kantate / Andreas Scholl, Concerto Di Viole, Basel Consort
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501651 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz,  Ignazio Albertini,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Giovanni Legrenzi  ... 
    Performer:  Andreas Scholl,  Markus Märkl,  Karl-Ernst Schröder,  Stephanie Pfister  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto di Viole Basel,  Basel Consort
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    Cantatas For Bass / Harry Van Der Kamp
    Label: Sony Classical Vivarte Series   Catalog: 68264 Release Date: 02/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Rosenmüller,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Matthias Weckmann  ... 
    Performer:  Harry Van der Kamp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Period Instrument Ensemble
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    Silent Night, Holy Night - Carols / Schreier, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8396 Release Date: 08/22/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Johann Georg Reichwein,  Georg Christoph Leuttner,  Melchior Schildt  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Hans Otto,  Monika Röst,  Matthias Müller-Mohr  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans-Joachim Rotzsch,  Annegret Siedel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipziger Thomanerchor,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Bell'Arte Salzburg
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    Discoveries: Christopher Marks Plays The Crouse Holtkamp
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 790 Release Date: 11/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David N. Johnson,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Tunder,  Nicolas Scherzinger  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Marks
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    Tunder: Concerti / Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Et Al
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999943 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Tunder
    Conductor:  Hermann Max
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinische Kantorei,  Das Kleine Konzert
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  • 25.
    Ruth Ziesak Sings Sacred Arias
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 67125 Release Date: 01/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christian Geist,  Thomas Baltzar,  Christoph Bernhard,  Johann Adam Reincken  ... 
    Performer:  Ruth Ziesak
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Compagney
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