Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

A famous German organist and composer.  Buxtehude influenced J. S. Bach, who mad a two-hundred-mile journey on foot in 1705 from Arnstadt to Lubeck to hear Buxtehude play.  Buxtehude's works included all the current forms of organ music, much choral music, and a variety of chamber and harpsichord compositions.