Dietrich Buxtehude

Canzonetta in G Major

BuxWV. 170

About this work

The canzona was becoming an archaic genre by the end of the seventeenth century when Buxtehude was active. It was an imitative genre, often multi-sectional. Like in Frescobaldi's canzonas, Buxtehude often separates different imitative sections with segments of free material. This canzona includes three imitative sections, the first in common time, the middle section in 6/8 time, and the last section in 3/2 time. The subjects of the three imitative sections are vaguely thematically related. Like BuxWV 168, very little imitative material separates the three imitative sections.