The so-called Frankenberger Manuscript is one of the most precious items in the collection of the Netherlands Music Institute. It contains 196 organ chorale settings from the period 1650-1730, compiled and copied by the composer and organist Johann Gottfried Walther (1684-1748).
Less then half of the volume (75 out of 196 compositions) consists of Walther’s own compositions. Among the 25 other composers, Dieterich Buxtehude can be identified as the composer of 21 works, Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow of 15, Johann Pachelbel of 19, and six of the chorales settings are by Johann Sebastian Bach. Apart from the doubtful attributions, three compositions remain anonymous.
The manuscript can be viewed online, and will be the source of many upcoming posts.
The first of these is a choral prelude on “Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr” by Johann Heinrich Buttstett.
The recording was done with the sampleset, made by Organ Art Media, of the Arp Schnitger organ in Steinkirchen.