Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707) was a Danish-German organist and composer of the Baroque period. His organ works represent a central part of the standard organ repertoire and are frequently performed at recitals and in church services. He composed in a wide variety of vocal and instrumental idioms, and his style strongly influenced many composers, including Johann Sebastian Bach. Today, Buxtehude is considered one of the most important composers in Germany of the mid-Baroque. Nowadays Buxtehude is best known for Johann Sebastian Bach's admiration for his organ and composing arts: for this, Bach traveled to Lübeck in northern Germany to spend no less than four months there. Buxtehude's vocal music in particular has survived and a fine example is his Advent Cantata BuxWV51 'Ihr lieben Christen, freut euch nun'. Arranger Dietmar Rainer arranged a Suite from this cantata for Symphonic Band.