Franz Tunder (1614-1667)

Franz Tunder (1614 – 5 November 1667) was born in Lübeck, a town perhaps more well-known musically for its later Baroque musician, Dietrich Buxtehude. Indeed, Tunder was his predecessor as organist at the Marienkirche and Buxtehude married his daughter, Anna Margarethe. At the age of 18, Tunder was appointed as court organist in Gottorf in the same area of North Germany as Lübeck. Before that he had been to Italy to study where Girolamo Frescobaldi may have been one of his teachers. His musical style provides a link between the early Baroque style and the later Baroque composers including J S Bach. He was also responsible for establishing the Abendmusiken – a series of free daytime concerts originally for local business people; a tradition that lasted for several hundred years

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