[Update, 9 Oct 2016: This Fughetta was definately written by Georg Philipp Telemann; see comments]
[Update, 7 oct 2016: This Fughetta was possibly written by Georg Philip Telemann; see comments]

When searching the internet for sources for music by Kehl, I came across “The Wöchentliche Nachrichten und Anmerkungen die Musik betreffend”. This journal appeared weekly in Leipzig from 1 July 1766 to 24 December 1770. Most of the eight page issues contained one or two main articles, usually published in installments, followed by short reviews and a piece of music. It was in one of the issues of this journal I found the piece I posted two days ago.

Johann Adam Hiller (1728 – 1804), the editor, initiator and almost sole contributor to the WNA, was, at the time of the journal’s publication, conductor of the “Großes Konzert” in Leipzig (later to become the concerts at the Gewandhaus). According to his introduction in the first issue, Hiller intended his journal for the musical dilettante and hoped to assemble in the journal what could later be seen as a history of contemporary music. Because of WNA’s mixture of essays, music reviews and musical correspondence, it is seen by many as the first forerunner of the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung (1798-1848) which came to be viewed as the model for nineteenth-century general music journals. Later in life Hiller became Thomascantor at the Thomasschule in Leipzig and organist in the Neukirche.

Besides the piece by Kehl, Hiller published some more organ pieces in his journal. The piece by Kehl, and another one by Wolf indicate their composer’s name. But the others give no reference to who the composer was. Since Hiller was an organist and composer himself, I suspect these pieces were written by Hiller. But I can’t be sure, hence the question mark.

The recording was done on the sample set of the Silbermann organ of the Stadtkirche Zöblitz by Prospectum.

pdf_iconTelemann, Fuga




  1. Anon Nym

    October 6, 2016 at 23:13


    In “Kunst des Orgelspiels” from August Gottfried Ritter this Fughetta is ascribed to Chr, Fr. Bach. There is a minor change (variants?) in the bass at bar 30.

    In “Organ Music for Manuals” Book II edited by C. H. Trevor (Oxford University Press) this work is ascribed to Georg Philipp Telemann. Here the fughetta lacks all ornaments

    • admin

      October 7, 2016 at 22:26


      Thanks for the pointers. So it turns out this fugue is not by Hiller. Thanks to you I found another edition on IMSLP, http://imslp.org/wiki/Organ_Works_(Telemann,_Georg_Philipp), that also lists this as a work from Telemann. Alas without proper reference to a source. But with two against one, I’ll stick with Telemann for now.

  2. Anon Nym

    October 8, 2016 at 15:30


    An other source, where this fughetta can be found, is “Telemann Orgelwerke, Band II, Bärenreiter BA 3582”.

    Here 3 sources are given and the edition follows Mus. ms. 30112 from “Deutsche Staatsbibliothek”. So it shoud be for sure, that Telemann is the composer.

    • admin

      October 9, 2016 at 07:38


      Indeed, no need to doubt anymore. I found the TW-number as well: TWV 30:27.

      You happen have ideas for the real composer of the rrest of the Hiller-pieces as well?

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