Nicolaus Bruhns

Nicolaus Bruhns Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
  • Died
    29th March 1697
  • Birthplace
    Schwabstedt, Husum, Denmark

Nicolaus Bruhns was a Danish-German organist, violinist, and composer. He was one of the most prominent organists and composers of his generation. Bruhns' surviving oeuvre is unfortunately small: only 12 vocal and 5 organ pieces are extant. The vocal works include four sacred concertos that established a new level of virtuosity in the genre, and three sacred madrigal cantatas that represent a direct link with the next century and the work of Johann Sebastian Bach. Although the instrumental writing in most of these works suggests that Bruhns could only rely on musicians of average skill, there are movements, such as the opening sonatina of the solo cantata Mein Herz ist bereit, that feature highly developed, virtuosic textures. Bruhns almost certainly wrote chamber music, which may have been of the same high quality, but none of these works survive.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland Chorale Organ
Orgelwerke Compilation Organ
Mein Hertz ist Bereit Concerto Voice(s) and Instruments
Praeludium in E minor 'Little' Prelude Organ
Praeludium in Em 'Big' Prelude Organ
Praeludium in G major Prelude Organ
Praeludium in G minor Prelude Organ
De Profundis Clamavi Sacred Mass Voice(s) and Instruments
De Profundis Clamavi Sacred Mass Voice(s) and Instruments