Today we hear three such examples: BWV 621 by J.S. Bach (1685-1750), the first variation from SSWV 113 by Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654), and a setting by Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706).
Samuel Scheidt was an organist and composer of the early Baroque era, representing the new north German style. It is worth mentioning that he remained in Germany during the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648), unlike many of his contemporaries who fled.
The name Pachelbel probably reminds us of the famous Canon in D, also known as one of the quintessential wedding music pieces of our time. To some people’s surprise, Pachelbel actually composed many other works, such as keyboard pieces based on chorales. A composer of the Baroque era, he was an important figure in the south German tradition.