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 rapid 16th notes. Examples published before on this site are Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn by Pachelbel and two anonymous compositions: Herr, durch deinen heiligen Leichnam and Wo Gott zum Haus nicht gibt sein Gunst. Based on the similarities with the pieces we do know the composer of, these last two pieces could well be composed by either Pachelbel or Johann Michael Bach.

The recording was done on the sample set of the Bader-organ in the Walburgiskerk in Zutphen by Sonus Paradisi for Hauptwerk.

pdf_iconBach, Nun freut euch lieben Christen g’mein


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  1. David Bedlow

    July 24, 2019 at 13:56


    This piece is attributed to Pachelbel in Max Seiffert’s edition published in Denkmaeler der Tonkunst in Bayern by Breitkopf und Haertel in 1903, and republished by Dover in 1994

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