Three weeks ago I published the score of a choral prelude by Johann Gottfried Walther, based on the melody of “Nun komm der Heiden Heiland” (in English: “Now come, Savior of the heathens”). I wrote that even though Walther’s composition seems simple, it is not easy to write music that flows so naturally. The few times I’ve tried to write something similar I failed miserably. Inspired by this particular choral prelude I decided to try once again. And while doing that making some of my thought processes explicit by writing about it, in the hope that it helps me, and who knows, other people who are interested in this kind of stuff as well.
The result is a series of three articles describing my process:
And the result is three newly composed three part choral preludes to “Nun komm der Heiden Heiland”. They are closely modeled on Walther’s original. They are free to download and use, under the conditions of the Creative Commons license indicated below.
The recording was done on the sample set of the Müller-organ in the Sint Bavokerk in Haarlem by Voxus Organs for Hauptwerk.
Jongbloed, Nun komm der Heiden Heiland
The three choral preludes “Nun komm der Heiden Heiland” by Auke Jongbloed are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.