Johann Balthasar Kehl (1725 – 1778) was a German organist, cellist and composer. Kehl’s claim to fame are the chorale preludes he published during his time in Erlangen, in four different volumes (Erste bis Vierte Sammlung einiger variierender Choräle, 1764). Each of those volumes contains 14 chorale preludes, preceded by a Präludium. Kehl’s preludes are relatively simple, with no or a modest pedal part. Striking in Kehl’s chorale preludes is the great variety in texture, tempo, style and atmosphere. The pieces of this collection are ideally suited for smaller organs and for use in organ playing education.

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