1989 CO3. Discovered 1989 Feb. 4 by E. W. Elst at La Silla.

Named in memory of the famous organist and composer Nicolaus Bruhns (1665-1697), born at Schwab-stedt, near Husum (Schleswig in the north of Germany), as a descendant of an old family of musicians. He got his first lessons at the organ from his father Paul Bruhns, a pupil of Franz Tunder {see planet (7871)}. In 1681 he went to the city of Lubeck, to study the organ and composition with Dietrich Buxtehude {see planet (4344)} and the violin and viola da gamba with his uncle Peter Bruhns. He was noted for his virtuosity, sometimes playing the upper parts on the violin - with accompaniment from an appropriate pedal bass part with his feet. (M 20522)

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