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Benedictus Buns
1642 - 1716
Germany / The Netherlands
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B. Buns
Benedictus Buns -monastery name: Benedictus a Sancto Josepho- (1642 – 06/12/1716), a Dutch composer of German birth. Benedictus (Buns) à Sancto Josepho (±1640-1716) was presumably born in 1640 in the surroundings of Geldern (Germany) where he entered in 1659 at the monastery of the Carmelites. However Buns called himself with reference to his birthplace Buns Gelriensis. Buns was professed in 1660 and in 1666 he became his ordination. Between 1666 and 1671 we think in 1670 he moved to Monastery of the Carmelites in Boxmeer (the Netherlands) where he became sub-prior in the periods, 1671-1674; 1677-1683; 1692-1701; 1704-1707. The monastery in Boxmeer was part of a independent Catholic enclave which was Boxmeer in the province of Brabant. The development of church music could proceed unfettered. Buns travelled to Mechelen, Antwerp and Brussels to attend Carmelite chapter-meetings. From 1679 up to his death he held the position of chief organist (titularus) in Boxmeer at the famous Bremser organ. After is death, Buns was succeeded by Cecilius à Sancto Gerardo. As organist Buns was in Boxmeer the successor of the well known organist in Boxmeer (from 1668-1679) Hubertus à Sancto Joanne Vlaminck (1633-1679)! In 1701 Buns considered himself as private composer/conductor and organist ("Aulae Bergis phonascus et organista") to the Count Oswaldo van den Bergh at Boxmeer and the family van den Bergh. Although Benedictus Buns wrote almost exclusively religious music he has to be considered as the most important Dutch composers of the second half of the 17th century. Perhaps Buns was the Charpentier of Northern Europe. In 1703 Buns approved the Ruprecht (III) organ which was built in the chapel of the nunnery of the Carmelites Elsendael in Boxmeer. With Benedictus à Sancto Josepho alias Buns Gelriensis we have landed into the Baroque. He passed away in Boxmeer December the 6th 1716. In the necrology of the Carmelite monastery in Boxmeer we red: "6. December obiiit P. Benedictus à Sancto Josepho alias Buns, Gelriensis, quondam subprior, organista as Musiciae componista famosissimus." A lot of his work has been survived and handed over:
COMPOSITION Voice-BOOKS and Gregorian Chants:
Opus I Missae, litaniae, et motetta, IV. V. VI. vocibus cum instrument. et ripienis Antwerp, edited by the heirs of Petrus Phalesius,1666. Two masses, three motets, two litanies, for 5 solo voices, four-part choir, instruments and bc.
Opus II Corona stellarum duodecim serta, I. II. II. IV. vocibus et instrumentis , editio secunda aucta et emendata. - Antwerp, edited by the heirs of Petrus Phalesius, 1673. First ed. (circa 1670) has been lost. Seven motets, two masses, litany, Salve Regina, Tantum ergo, for 1-4 solo voices and bc.
Opus III Flosculi musici. - Antwerp, edited by the heirs of Petrus Phalesius, 1672. Fourteen motets, for 1-4 solo voices, instruments and bc.
Opus IV Musica montana in monte Carmelo composita, cantata in monte Domini, 1. 2. 3. vocibus, & unum Tantum ergo. 4. voc. & 2, 3 vel 5. instrumentis ”Bergh-music”- edited by Lucas de Potter, Antwerp, 1677.
Opus V Completoriale melos musicum, II. III. & IV. vocibus, II. III. vel V. instrumentis decantandum – edited Antwerp, Lucas de Potter, 1678. Seven motets, four Maria antiphons, litany, two Tantum ergo, for 2-4 solo voices, instruments and bc. and Sonata finalis II choris (double instrumental choirs).
Opus VI Encomia sacra musice decantanda 1, 2, 3 vocibus et 2, 3, 4. et 5 instrumentis edited Utrecht, Arnold van Eynden, 1683. Nineteen motets, one mass, for 1-3 solo voices TTB, instruments and bc.
Opus VII Orpheus gaudens et lugens, sive cantica gaudii ac luctus, a 1, 2, 3, 3 & 5 vocibus ac instrumentis compositta. Edited - Antwerp, Hendrick Aertssens, 1693. Fifteen motets for 1-5 solo voices, instruments en bc, four masses for 4-5 solo voices, instruments and bc.
Opus VIII Orpheus Elianus a Carmelo in orbem editus a 2 violinis et basso viola cum basso continuo, edited Amsterdam, Estienne Roger, 1698. Thirteen trio sonatas, for 2 violins, viola da gamba and bc.
Opus XI Missa sacris ornata canticis 1. 2. 3. vocibus et 1. 2. 3. 4. et 5 instrumentis, edited Amsterdam, Estienne Roger, 1701. One mass for 3 solo voices, ten motets for 1-3 solo voices, instruments and bc. Gregorian Chants Processionale juxta usum Fratrum Beatae Virginae Mariae de Monte Carmelo edited in Antwerp by Plantiniana, 1711. Gregorian Chants Manuale Chori ad usum Fratrum Beatae Virginae Mariae de Monte Carmelo edited in Brussels by Ludovicus de Quainne 1721.
Author:Wim Goossens
Source:http://www.classical-composers.org/cgi-bin/ccd.cgi?comp=buns
Contributor:Wim Goossens (picture)
Missa Requiem Opus VII (18)
Period:Baroque
Composed in:1693
Musical form:mass à 5
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Benedictus Buns wrote two Requiem masses for five voices. They were published in 1693 in a Opus VII together with some other motets out of the rite Pro Defunctis. Opus VII named by Buns ‘Orpheus gaudens ac lugens, sive Cantica gaudii ac luctus’, A 1, 2, 3, 3 & 5 vocibus ac instrumentis composita. Edited - Antwerp, Hendrick Aertssens, 1693. This Opus VII consists out of fifteen motets for 1-5 solo voices, instruments en bc and of four four masses for 4-5 solo voices, instruments and bc. This first Missa Requiem Opus VII in the catalogue numbered 18 is written for SSATB In this Requiem Mass the five voices are accompanied by Violin I & II, Alto Viola, Tenor Viola, Fagot and Basso continuo.
Author:Wim Goossens
Source:http://www.classical-composers.org/cgi-bin/ccd.cgi?comp=buns
Contributor:Tassos Dimitriadis
Missa Requiem Opus VII (19)
Period:Baroque
Composed in:1693
Musical form:mass à 5
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Benedictus Buns wrote two Requiem masses for five voices. They were published in 1693 in a Opus VII together with some other motets out of the rite Pro Defunctis. Opus VII named by Buns ‘Orpheus gaudens ac lugens, sive Cantica gaudii ac luctus’, A 1, 2, 3, 3 & 5 vocibus ac instrumentis composita. Edited - Antwerp, Hendrick Aertssens, 1693. This Opus VII consists out of fifteen motets for 1-5 solo voices, instruments en bc and of four four masses for 4-5 solo voices, instruments and bc. This first Missa Requiem Opus VII in the catalogue numbered 19 is written for SSATB and this Requiem is written in a solemn style with a Dies Irae and a Libera me. In this Requiem Mass the five voices are accompanied by Violin I & II, Alto Viola, Tenor Viola, Fagot and Basso continuo.
Author:Wim Goossens
Source:http://www.classical-composers.org/cgi-bin/ccd.cgi?comp=buns
Contributor:Tassos Dimitriadis