Neumeister Choräle, not by J.S. Bach, Part I

Posted on Apr 14th, 2019

Johann Gottfried Neumeister (1757 - 1840) was a German teacher and organist. Nowadays Neumeister would have been forgotten if it wasn't for the…

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Choral preludes from Mus. Ms. 30439

Posted on Sep 28th, 2016

Manuscript Mus. Ms. 30439 owned by the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin is an interesting manuscript. It contains five different fascicles, some reasonably…

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Anonymus (Johann Michael Bach?), Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (1)

Posted on Aug 31st, 2018

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…

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Anonymus (Johann Michael Bach?), Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (2)

Posted on Sep 1st, 2018

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…

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Johann Michael Bach, Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr

Posted on May 19th, 2016

Manuscript Mus Ms 30439 owned by the Staatsbibliothek in Berlin is, despite the bad shape it is in, an interesting manucript. Not only does it…

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Johann Michael Bach, Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr

Posted on Apr 15th, 2018

I already published two versions of Johann Michael Bach's prelude to ``Allein Gott in het Höh sei Ehr''. (see here and here). The Neumeister…

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Johann Michael Bach, Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr

Posted on Jun 26th, 2015

Johann Michael Bach (1648 - 1694) was the brother of Johann Christoph Bach and, more notably, the father of Maria Barbara, the first wife of her…

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Johann Michael Bach, Auf meinen lieben Gott

Posted on Mar 17th, 2019

While preparing an edition containing all the works-not-by-JS-Bach from the Neumseister Sammlung, I found one work I have not yet published: Johann…

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Johann Michael Bach, Der du bist drei in Einigkeit

Posted on Mar 21st, 2018

Johann Michael Bach's prelude to "Der du bist drei in Einigkeit" is a well written four part piece. The tonal development is a bit strange. The piece…

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Johann Michael Bach, Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt

Posted on Sep 17th, 2018

Bach's prelude to "Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt" is a small fugue on the first phrase of the melody. This phrase appears at least 7 times, though…

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Johann Michael Bach, Dies sind die heil’gen zehn Gebot

Posted on Jul 1st, 2018

Johann Michael Bach's prelude to "Dies sind die heil'gen zehn Gebot" is a four part piece that was probably meant to be played manualiter. Each…

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Johann Michael Bach, Es spricht der unweisen Mund wohl gar

Posted on Oct 3rd, 2018

Johann Michael's Bach prelude to "Es spricht der unweisen Mund wohl gar" is again a simple three part piece. The chorale melody is played in the…

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Johann Michael Bach, Gelobet seist du Jesu Christ (BWV 723)

Posted on Nov 23rd, 2017

Who is the author of this piece? Bach or Bach? It was considered to be composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, and as such it has a BWV-number. The…

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Johann Michael Bach, Gott hat das Evangelium

Posted on Nov 15th, 2017

Johann Michael Bach wrote two preludes to "Gott hat das Evangelium". The first prelude by has the choral melody in octaves in left hand and pedals, a…

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Johann Michael Bach, Gott hat das Evangelium (2)

Posted on Nov 19th, 2017

Johann Michael Bach wrote two preludes to "Gott hat das Evangelium". The first prelude is posted here. This second prelude has the chorale melody in…

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Johann Michael Bach, Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn

Posted on Sep 29th, 2017

The third chorale prelude of the Neumeister-Choräle-not-by-Johann-Sebastian is again a prelude by Johann Michael Bach. It is a short prelude on the…

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Johann Michael Bach, In dulci jubilo

Posted on Nov 29th, 2017

In the nineteenth century this piece was attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach and included into the catalog "Bachwerkeverzeichnis" as BWV 751. In the…

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Johann Michael Bach, Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der den Tod überwand

Posted on Feb 21st, 2018

Bach's prelude to "Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der den Tod überwand" is in style and atmosphere very reminescent to anonymus preludes from Mus Ms…

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Johann Michael Bach, Kommt her zu mir, spricht Gottes Sohn

Posted on Jun 30th, 2016

Johann Michael Bach is from other sources known to be the composer of the thirteenth choral in Mus Ms 30439. Several holes in the manuscript make…

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Johann Michael Bach, Kommt her zu mir, spricht Gottes Sohn

Posted on Sep 14th, 2018

Bach's chorale prelude to "Kommt her zu mir spricht Gottes Sohn" is not only present in the Neumeister Sammlung, but is present in Mus. Ms. 30439 as…

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Johann Michael Bach, Mag ich Unglück nicht widerstahn

Posted on May 30th, 2018

Neumeister attributes this chorale prelude to Johann Michael Bach. In other sources it is attributed to Johann Pachelbel. A reason often given for…

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Johann Michael Bach, Meine Seele erhebet den Herrn

Posted on Sep 19th, 2017

The second chorale prelude of the Neumeister-Choräle-not-by-Johann-Sebastian is again a prelude by Johann Michael Bach. It is a sort of a…

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Johann Michael Bach, Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g’mein

Posted on Oct 29th, 2017

The fourth chorale prelude of the Neumeister-Choräle-not-by-Johann-Sebastian is again a prelude by Johann Michael Bach. The style of this prelude is…

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Johann Michael Bach, Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g’mein (2)

Posted on Nov 13th, 2017

The fifth chorale prelude of the Neumeister-Choräle-not-by-Johann-Sebastian is the second prelude of Johann Michael Bach to "Nun freut euch lieben…

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Johann Michael Bach, Nun komm der Heiden Heiland

Posted on Sep 8th, 2017

The Neumeister Collection is a compilation of 82 chorale preludes which was rediscovered in 1985. It attracted a lot of attention because it…

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Johann Michael Bach, Nun lasst uns Gott dem Herren

Posted on Jun 9th, 2018

Other manuscript sources attribute this piece to Johann Pachelbel. Johann Gottfried Neumeister however attributes it in his collection to Johann…

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Johann Michael Bach, Nun lasst uns Gott dem Herren

Posted on Jun 13th, 2016

(Update, 6 june 2018: Based on the Neumeister manuscript, this piece is more likely to be composed by Johann Michael Bach than by Johann Pachelbel.…

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Johann Michael Bach, O Herr Gott Vater in Ewigkeit

Posted on Mar 11th, 2018

The choral "O Herr Gott, Vater in Ewigkeit" is a choral meant for Trinity Sunday. Bach writes a piece in three parts, to emphasize the Trinitarian…

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Johann Michael Bach, Von Gott will ich nicht lassen

Posted on Jul 12th, 2016

The last piece of the second fascicle of Mus Ms 30439 was written by Johan Michael Bach. It is a manualiter prelude on "Von Gott will ich nicht…

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Johann Michael Bach, Von Gott will ich nicht lassen

Posted on Sep 20th, 2018

This piece appears not only in Neumeister's manuscript, but is present in Mus. Ms. 30439 as well. I published the version from that last source two…

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Johann Michael Bach, Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz

Posted on Sep 23rd, 2018

Neumeister's transcription of Bach's prelude to "Warum betrübst du dich mein Herz" gives again many reasons to doubt the correctness of his…

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Johann Michael Bach, Wenn mein Stündlein vorhanden ist

Posted on Oct 16th, 2018

The last of the pieces by Johann Michael Bach from Neumeister's collection is the prelude to "Wenn mein Stündlein vorhanden ist". It develops as a…

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Johann Michael Bach, Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält

Posted on Oct 2nd, 2018

Neumeister's transcription of Bach's prelude to "Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält" contains surprisingly few errors. Perhaps because it is a…

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