Johann Heinrich Buttstett was born in 1666 in Bindersleben and died in Erfurt in 1727. He was a pupil of Johann Pachelbel. In 1691 he became organist at the Predigerkirche in Erfurt. Buttstett was somewhat acclaimed as a teacher during his years at the Predigerkirche, surrounding himself with a circle of pupils. The most important of these pupils were Johann Gottfried Walther and Georg Friedrich Kauffmann. He composed numerous organ works, including thirty-six chorale preludes.

The recording was done on the sample set of the Van Dam organ (1832) in Tholen by Voxus Organs for Hauptwerk.

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  1. David Bedlow

    May 5, 2020 at 16:00


    Are you sure that this piece is by Buttstett? I thought it was attributed to Heinrich Bach, but I don’t know how certain this is.

    • admin

      May 5, 2020 at 22:47


      The source is a manuscript by Johann Gottfried Walther and he ascribes it to “HB”. In its catalogue the Berlin Library ascribes ot to Buttstett. I follow that ascription.
      “HB” could mean Heinrich Bach as well. And there are some similarities by Heinrich Bach’2 chorale prelude “Erbarm dich mein” (
      So, to answer your question: no I am not sure, yet I have no conclusive evidence either way. For now I might as well stick with Buttstett.

  2. David Bedlow

    May 6, 2020 at 01:00


    Many thanks for your reply. I see the ambiguity: HB could be Heinrich Buttstett or Heinrich Bach. I am grateful to you for the source information and the details of the Berlin Library catalogue. I was surprised because I have only ever seen or heard of this piece attributed to Heinrich Bach previously.

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