During his lifetime, Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706) was best known as an organ composer. He wrote more than two hundred pieces for the instrument, both liturgical and secular, and explored most of the genres that existed at the time. He is considered to be the apex of the 17th century's south German organ school and generally one of the most important composers of the middle Baroque. His sphere of activity included central and southern Germany (modern Bavaria, Thuringia and Stuttgart), as well as important formative years in Vienna in his early 20s, during which he absorbed the Habsburg Empire's dominant Italian and south German influences. The southern organ-builders' emphasis on manual divisions is also apparent in much of Pachelbel's liturgical organ music, which is relatively simple and written for manuals only. With this 13-disc set covering Pachelbel's pivotal contributions to the chorale prelude, fugue and variation forms, internationally acclaimed organist Simone Stella adds another milestone to his already prolific discography of baroque keyboard music surveys on Brilliant Classics.