Georg Böhm wrote two pieces based on this Christmas hymn: a choral prelude (publisehd a year ago on this site) and this set of variations. After the choral follows a series of 5 variations. They build up from relatively easy flowing 3-part writing in the first variation to dense.

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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 style previously encountered in his prelude to "Nun freut euch lieben Christen g'mein". The recording was done on the sample set of the.

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A small prelude by Buttstett, but a fine example of how to elaborate a simple chorale harmonisation into a chorale prelude. The left hand plays the harmonisation, the right hand plays the chorale melody, richly adorned with sixteenth and eigth notes. All the melody notes are there on the right.

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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 Christen g'mein". It is a manualiter piece with the choral melody in the soprano voice. As in the previous chorale preludes there are several spots where the transcription of Neumeister.

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Eleven days late for the actual occasion, here is Hanff's version of "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott". Lacking a manuscript source, I based my score on the edition made by Ronald Lopes, available on IMSLP. The main reason to make my own score was that I think the.

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Buxtehudes' choral prelude to "Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern" is a multipart work. The first two parts show the choral melody in a relatively simple setting, first in the bass, then in the soprano voice. The music grows quickly more complex after that, with first a fantasy and then a.

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A prelude by Pachelbel in the same style as employed by Johann Michael Bach in the prelude I uploaded recently. Although there are differences: the melody doubling in the tenor voice is absent in Pachelbel's prelude, and Pachelbel writes a longer introductory fugue. Nevertheless, I think it's understandable that.

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In honour of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, I publish today this Trio on "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott". According to the manuscript it was written by Johann Ludwig Krebs. It even has a KrebsWV-number, so apparently scholars too think it was composed by Krebs. Yet somehow I.

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This is the twin prelude to the one I uploaded two days ago. This time the choral melody is more easily discernible, as it is played in the soprano voice. The other three voices accompany the melody with a motive that is derived from the first phrase of the.

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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 employed by Johann Pachelbel as well. The chorale melody is played with the pedals, and is doubled in the tenor part. Alto and soprano voice play an accompaniment in.

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Kauffmann's prelude to "Treur Gott ich muss dir klagen" is a bit of a challenge for the listener. The choral melody is well hidden in the tenor voice and not easily discernable. The fact that Kauffmann prescribes the use of the 16 feet principal doesn't help either. Watch the video.

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A short, 3 part fugue by Kittel, on the first phrase of the chorale melody. There are a few unlikely spots in the manuscript that I corrected in the score. As usual, the original notes are indicated in footnotes. The recording was done on the sample set of the Müller-organ.

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H.W. Tauscher, Vivace quasi Rondo

Date: October 20,  2017

H.W. Tauscher is a bit of an enigma. There are a few pieces of him around, but nothing is known of his life. I could not find the christian names that go with the initials. A year of birth and death can be found on the internet, but the source.

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Anonymus, Ricercar primi toni

Date: October 19,  2017

Another one of the pieces from the organbook of Matthias Rottenau (Mus. Ms. 40615 from the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin) that is probably possibly perhaps a Ricercar (see here for an explanation). It is a 4 voice fugue, however, the four voices seldom sound at once. Nevertheless, it is a.

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Kittel wrote two small preludes to "Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier". The first is more or less in the style of Bach's Orgelbüchlein. The second is a gigue, based on the choral melody. Since they are really small I decided to put them as one post. The recording was done on.

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