Arnold Brunckhorst

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Arnold Matthias Brunckhorst (1670–1725) was a German organist and composer.

He was born in Celle or Wietzendorf. Beginning in 1693, he served as an organist at St. Andreas in Hildesheim. In 1697, he assumed the organist's post at the Stadtkirche in Celle. In 1720, he was appointed court organist at Hanover.

Works, editions and recordings[edit]

Only a few works by him have survived: two small oratorios - for Christmas and Easter, one single-movement keyboard sonata in A major (regarded as the earliest German documentation of the form of the two-part sonata structure, comparable to the formal type encountered in Domenico Scarlatti), and a praeludium in E minor for organ.

A "Präludium & Fuge" in g minor - which was found not far ago in Berlin and was at first believed to be composed by Nikolaus Bruhns - is now believed to be composed by Brunckhorst. However, due to at least one stylistic inconsistency in the fugue, it seems to be rather probable that - irrespective of the initial authorship of Brunckhorst or Bruhns - this handwriting does not derive from the composer's own hand but some other, probably a scholar. A proposal for correction and supplements is available from me, Klaus Kleinhoff, Rodenberg, Germany.

  • Brunckhorst Opera omnia complete works: Weihnachts-Historie, Prelude for Organ in E minor.

Oster-Historie, Harpsichord Sonata in A major. Musica Poetica Freiburg, dir. Hans Bergmann[1]


  1. ^ Hänssler: HAEN98364
  • Oxford Composer Companions, J.S. Bach, 1999, p. 74-75
  • Flamme, Friedhelm. (trans. Praeder, Susan Marie). Liner notes for CPO release 777 271-2

External links[edit]

Literature by and about Arnold Brunckhorst in the German National Library catalogue