Five of the pieces in the Neumeister manuscript are without a named composer. Based on stylistical grounds and on references to other sources two of these pieces can be attributed to Johan Pachelbel, two to Johann Michael Bach and one to Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow. The two prelude to “Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ” are thought to be composed by Johann Michael Bach. Since there is no way to know for certain, I designate it as ‘anonymous’ in the score, with the possibility of Bach’s authorship added in parentheses. The first of these two preludes alternates the chorale melody between the soprano voice and the bass voice. Neumeister only indicates the first entry of the chorale melody in the bass voice with “Ped.”. For the rest it is a bit of a puzzle which notes are meant for the pedals and which not. The notion that soprano and bass voice play the chorale alternately helps a lot with solving this puzzle.

The recording was done on the sample set of the Müller-organ in the Sint Bavokerk in Haarlem by Voxus Organs for Hauptwerk.

Anonymus, Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ

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