Kathleen Scheide has concertized as a harpsichord and organ soloist throughout the United States, and in Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, the
Caribbean and Mexico. She has also recorded for the Dutch HLM, OHS (Organ
Historical Society) and Raven Labels. Dr. Scheide holds degrees in early music performance and organ performance from the New England Conservatory and the University of Southern California. She teaches music history as well
as organ and harpsichord at Henderson State University.
Georg Böhm (1661-1773)
Georg Böhm's musical experiences must have been intertwined with those of the Bach family. He was born in 1661 in Thuringia, where
various Bachs were influential as teachers and practicing musicians. Between 1693 and
1697, Böhm seems to have been living in Hamburg (were his two sons and daughter were baptized), then a European commercial centre of cultural diversity. There, he might have had musical contact with such North German
keyboard artists as J.A. Reincken and Buxtehude, or even Lübeck in nearby Stade.
Thereafter he was appointed organist at the Johanniskirche in Lüneburg, a position he held until his death in 1733. In 1700, the young
Johann Sebastian Bach received a scholarship to sing in the choir at St. Michael's monastery (Michaeliskloster) also in the town of Lüneburg, where Bach started developing a great admiration of Böhm's talents as an
organist and composer. The organ master of Lüneburg left behind motets, sacred cantatas, religious Lieder and at least one Passion, as well as organ and harpsichord works.
Johann Kaspar Kerll (1627-1693)
The international artist Johann Kaspar Kerll was born in 1627 in the town of Adorf, Saxony. His father was a Protestant organist and probably also his first teacher. Kerll subsequently studied in Vienna with Giacomo Valentini and
converted to Catholicism in order to go to Italy, where he was the student of Carissimi and Frescobaldi in Rome. He also spent some time in Brussels, where he stayed until 1656 at the request of the archduke Leopold Wilhelm,
brother of the Emperor Ferdinand III. In 1656, he was appointed Kapellmeister in Munich. In 1674 he went to Vienna to work as an organist at St. Stephen's, where Johann Pachelbel might have been his assistant. Kerll died
in Munich in 1693.
Vincent Lübeck (1654-1740)
Composer and organist, Vincent Lübeck was born in Paddingbüttel, Dorum, Land Wursten, Northern Germany in 1654. He grew up in Flensburg where he learned music, with Caspar Förckelrath, who
was the successor of Lübeck's father at the organ of Marienkirche and also the composer's stepfather. Lübeck was a friend of the great
organ builder Arp Schnitger. He played Schnitger organs in his posts at St. Cosmae and
Damiani in Stade and at St. Nicolai Kirche in Hamburg. St. Nicolai Kirche housed Schnitger's masterpiece, at the time one of the largest and most beautiful organs in the world. While employed at Hamburg, Lübeck also
traveled around Northern Germany to give his highly regarded opinion on other organs built by Schnitger (Bremen, Obendorf and Hollern). A remarkable teacher, Lübeck trained Christian Henrich Postel, Johann
Friedrich Wiedeburg and two of his own sons, Peter Paul and Vincent. Lübeck died in Hamburg in 1740.
Very few of Lübeck's compositions have survived: five cantatas and nine organ and harpsichord works. The
great stylistic and musical quality of his works are indisputable and have often been compared to those of Buxtejude and Handel. Lübeck's musical style is vigorous, rich, mature and brilliant. Lübeck contributed positively to
the greatness of North German keyboard style.