Just Style Us Phantastic #1015
…the old boys in northern Europe showed the way, and others later followed with extravagant compositions that explore the stylus phantasticus manner.
Filler –JOHANN ADAM REINCKEN (see above)
Filler –DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE (see above)
Seventeenth-century author, scientist and inventor, a true baroque polymath, Athanasius Kircher [1602-1680] described the stylus fantasticus in his book, Musurgia Universalis: “The fantastic style is especially suited to instruments. It is the most free and unrestrained method of composing, it is bound to nothing, neither to any words nor to a melodic subject, it was instituted to display genius and to teach the hidden design of harmony and the ingenious composition of harmonic phrases and fugues.”