Delphin Strungk, Meine Seele erhebt den Herrn
Delphin Strungk (or Strunck) (1600 or 1601 – 1694) was a German composer and organist.
Nothing is known about Strungk’s early years. The first that is known of him is in 1631, when he became organist of the Marienkirche in Wolfenbüttel. In 1634 he became courtorganist in Celle and subsequently, in 1637, he became organist at the Marienkirche in Braunschweig. He remained till his death in Braunschweig. He was friends with Heinrich Schütz. His son, Nicolaus Adam Strungk, also became a composer.
Strungk’s surviving compositions include six pieces of church music for voices and instruments, now in the collection of the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Preussischer Kulturbesitz. There are also surviving organ works; six chorale preludes and fantasias of a high quality survive in tablature, and are now in the collection of the Ratsbücherei, Lüneburg. Two chorale preludes are copied by Johann Gottfried Walther and can be found in manuscript Mus.ms. 22541 III, owned by the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.
The recording was done with the sampleset, made by Organ Art Media, of the Arp Schnitger organ in Steinkirchen. I recorded two versions: one subdued version with just the Rohrflöt 4′ of the Brustwerk and Octav 8’of the Pedal and a more elaborately registered version.