To the Editor:
The year 2007 is the tercentenary of the death of the great Danish-German composer Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707). New Haven resident Dr. Paul Jordan, an internationally recognized organist and musicologist, has taken it upon himself to organize a celebration of Buxtehude’s work, called “The New Haven Buxtehude Project.”
He has assembled a fine ensemble to perform five magnificent, rarely heard sacred cantatas written by Buxtehude and his pupils. The program was performed Nov. 18 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Waterbury and will be performed two more times: Jan. 11, 2008, at Christ Church, New Haven, and April 11, 2008, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Cheshire.
I was fortunate enough to be in the audience at the Nov. 18 concert, and I was swept away by the beauty of this music. The upcoming concerts are an opportunity not to be missed by those who enjoy Baroque music.
Finne is a 1975 graduate of Yale College.