Daniel Erich (1649 - 1712) was a German organist and composer. He studied with Buxtehude and became organist at the parish church in Güstrow (also the Marienkirche) in 1679, a position he held until his death. Besides organist Erich also enjoyed a high reputation as an organ teacher and authority.

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Buttstett wrote a fine prelude to "Vom Himmel kam der Engelschar". It start with a solo line that goes up in rapid notes and then descends in a flowing line to the lower g. Perhaps Buttstett had the same idea as Bach in BWV 607 and wanted to depict the.

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The manuscripts of Johann Gottfried Walther are a valuable source for compositions of his contemporaries. His transcriptions are very precise and on the whole he meticulously writes down the composer of the pieces. But not always. A few of them have no named composer, and that leaves us to speculate.

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Zachow wrote a fugue, based on the first phrase on the chorale melody of "Mit Fried und Freud". Not an easy subject for a fugue as it moves two quints up in just five notes. Zachow shows his mastery in pulling it of almost effortlessly. The recording was done on.

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Johann Michael Bach, In dulci jubilo

Date: November 29,  2017

In the nineteenth century this piece was attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach and included into the catalog "Bachwerkeverzeichnis" as BWV 751. In the Neumeister manuscript it is however ascribed to Johann Michael Bach. Since the authorship of Johann Sebastian Bach had already been frequently doubted Johann Michael Bach was quickly.

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Pachelbel's prelude to "Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her" has the choral melody in the bass. The hands accompany the melody in a two part texture. The same technique is often used by Johann Michael Bach and also by Johann Bernhard Bach in his prelude to the same choral. The.

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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 Neumeister manuscript however ascribes this piece to Johann Michael Bach. Since I'm transcribing the Neumeister manuscript, I follow it's ascription. Whoever wrote.

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Besides Johann Michael Bach and Johann Sebastian Bach, the Neumeister manuscript features some works by Zachow. These were already known from other manuscripts, so they were not as much a suprprise as the works by the two Bach family members. Zachow's prelude to "Gelobet seist du Jesu Christ" is a.

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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 the soprano voice. The prelude is constructed with beautiful elegant flowing four part writing. Each phrase of the chorale melody is foreshadowed in the.

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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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