Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Ach Gott vom Himmel sieh darein

Posted on Mar 28th, 2017

The third prelude of Kauffmann's "Harmonische Seelenlust" that employs the oboe for the choral melody is as beautiful as the two I posted earlier.…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Ach Herr mich arme Sünder

Posted on Jan 15th, 2017

This melody is one of the most famous and most used of the Lutheran church. It is for example also used for "Wie soll ich dich empfangen", "Ach Herr…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Christ lag in Todesbanden

Posted on Mar 18th, 2015

Georg Friedrich Kauffmann (1679 – 1735) was a Baroque composer and organist from southern Germany. He studied with Buttstett and Alberti. Later in…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Christ lag in Todesbanden (Alio Modo)

Posted on Mar 12th, 2017

This is the twin prelude to a piece I uploaded almost two years ago. It uses just the first two phrases of the choral melody. But Kauffmann has them…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (2)

Posted on Jan 24th, 2017

Kauffmann's second prelude on "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott". It's a trio-like setting, with the melody in the pedals. The hands play a…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Fuga über Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott

Posted on Jan 18th, 2017

Kauffmann wrote two preludes on "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott". They are both strong compositions, in which the greatness, reliability or…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Fughetta über Wir glauben all’ an einen Gott

Posted on Mar 12th, 2017

Kauffmann's fughetta on "Wir glauben all' an einen Gott" is really short. Just 10 bars and that's it. It's a charming little piece nonetheless,…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Gelobet seist du Jesu Christ

Posted on Nov 22nd, 2016

Kauffmann's prelude on "Gelobet seist du Jesu Christ" is a bicinium. The registration Kauffmann prescribes that the left hand should probably be…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Gelobet seist du Jesu Christ

Posted on Feb 17th, 2017

Kauffmann seems to be the inventor of chorale prelude in which the chorale prelude is not played on the organ, but on a seperate instrument, in this…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Gottes Sohn ist kommen

Posted on Dec 20th, 2015

An interesting prelude by Kauffmann on this Christmas choral. All phrases of the melody are introduces and accompanied by themselves in diminution.…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Helft mir Gottes Güte preisen

Posted on Mar 19th, 2017

Like in so many of his preludes Kauffmann prescribes the use of the Quintadena 16' for this piece. Since he gives an alternative registration, based…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Herr ich habe misgehandelt

Posted on Jan 29th, 2017

In his registration prescriptions Kauffmann often uses a 16 feet stop. Sometimes that makes the music needlesly heavy to my ears. But in this piece…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Herr Jesu Christ mein’s Lebens Licht

Posted on Jan 10th, 2017

Kauffman's is perhaps best remembered nowadays as author of "Die Harmonische Seelenlust", a complete edition of his organ chorales. He started…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen?

Posted on Mar 23rd, 2017

Kauffmann's prelude on "Herzliebster Jesu was hast du verbrochen" is short but ingeniously constructed. It starts as a fugue on the first phrase of…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Ich ruf zu dir Herr Jesu Christ

Posted on Mar 16th, 2017

Kauffmann's prelude on "Ich ruf zu dir Herr Jesu Christ" is a bicinium. The choral melody is stated in half notes and accompanied by the rapidly…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, In dich habe ich gehoffet

Posted on Jun 10th, 2017

Kauffmann's first prelude to ``In dich habe ich gehoffet'' is a fugue on the first phrase of the choral melody. It is a cleverly constructued piece.…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, In dich habe ich gehoffet (alio modo)

Posted on Jun 18th, 2017

Kauffmann prescribes again a 16-feet reed for this choral prelude. I tried the combination he suggets, but it makes the music very heavy to my ears.…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Jesus Christus, unser Heiland

Posted on Apr 5th, 2015

This Choral prelude on "Jesus Christus unser Heiland, der den Tod uberwand" is transcribed from a manuscript (Mus.ms. 22541 III) owned by the…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Komm heiliger Geist, Herre Gott

Posted on Apr 17th, 2015

The chorale prelude Komm heiliger Geist, Herre Gott was transcribed from from manuscript Mus.ms. 22541 III, owned by the Staatsbibliothek zu…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Komm heiliger Geist, Herre Gott

Posted on Apr 21st, 2015

The second prelude by Kauffmann on Komm heiliger Geist, Herre Gott in manuscript Mus.ms. 22541 III owned by the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin The…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Komm heiliger Geist, Herre Gott

Posted on Apr 30th, 2015

The third choral prelude by Kauffmann on "Komm heiliger Geist, Herre Gott", found in manuscript Mus.ms. 22541 III owned by the Staatsbibliothek zu…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Lobt Gott ihr Christen all’ zugleich

Posted on Oct 9th, 2016

Kauffmann's prelude on "Lobt Gott ihr Christen all' zugleich" is a vivid three-part invention. The choral melody is presented in the middle voice,…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Lobt Gott ihr Christen all’zugleich

Posted on Dec 4th, 2016

The second prelude by Kauffmann on "Lobt Gott ihr Christen all'zugleich" is a much shorter work than the one I published almost two months ago. It is…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Nun freut euch lieben Christen gemein

Posted on Jun 23rd, 2017

Kauffmann's prelude on "Nun freut euch lieben Christen gemein" is a lovely bicinium. The left had accompanies with scales and broken chords the…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Nun freut euch lieben Christen gemein (alio modo)

Posted on Jun 26th, 2017

Kauffmann's second prelude on this chorale melody is a three part piece. The chorale melody in the soprano voice, the other two parts weave a…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Nun freut euch, Gottes Kinder all

Posted on Apr 18th, 2015

The chorale prelude Nun freut euch, Gottes Kinder (found in manuscript Mus.ms. 22541 III, owned by the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin) has the same…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Nun komm der Heiden Heiland

Posted on Sep 16th, 2015

Manuscript Mus.ms. 22541 II (owned by the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - PK) contains 73 preludes based on chorales suitable for the Christmas period.…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (2)

Posted on Sep 23rd, 2015

Manuscript Mus.ms. 22541 II (owned by the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - PK) contains four preludes by Kauffmann on "Nun kom der heiden Heiland". They …

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (3)

Posted on Sep 28th, 2015

The third prelude by Kauffmann on "Nun kom der heiden Heiland" in Manuscript Mus.ms. 22541 II (owned by the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - PK). It is a…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (4)

Posted on Oct 14th, 2015

This is the fourth prelude by Kauffmann, based on the prelude "Nun kom der heiden Heiland". In it's three part simplicity it is perhaps the most…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Nun lob mein Seel den Herren

Posted on Jun 24th, 2017

Kauffmann's second prelude on "Nun lob mein Seel den Herren" is a fugue on the first phrase of the chorale melody, though on a smaller scale than his…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Nun lob mein Seel’ den Herren

Posted on May 22nd, 2017

The chorale prelude on "Nun lob mein Seel' den Herren" is a fugue on the opening phrase of the choral melody. No frivolous registration this time,…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Nun ruhen alle Wälder

Posted on Feb 22nd, 2017

Usually in choral preludes I tend to have stronger stops for the chorale melody and softer stops for the accompaniment. In this prelude, however,…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, O heiliger Geist, O heiliger Gott

Posted on Mar 27th, 2017

Kauffmann's prelude on "O heiliger Geist, o heiliger Gott" calls for the almost impossible combination of a Quintadena 16' and Fagot 16' in the left…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, O Herre Gott, dein Göttlich Wort

Posted on May 17th, 2017

In this choral prelude Kauffmann shows his more lyrical side. The recording was done on the sample set of the Müller-organ in the Sint Bavokerk…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, O Herre Gott, dein Göttlich Wort (Alio modo)

Posted on May 19th, 2017

Again a piece with an unusual registration prescription. No indication however which hand should play on which manual. So I made two recordings.…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Puer natus in Bethlehem

Posted on Nov 13th, 2016

The Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin has at least three sources for this prelude by Kauffmann: two copies of "Der Harmonische Seelenlust" and the…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Schönster Immanuel

Posted on Mar 6th, 2017

In this choral prelude Kauffmann again prescribes the use of the Quintadena 16'. Together with the Praestant 8' it forms an interesting combination I…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Valet will ich dir geben (1)

Posted on Apr 20th, 2017

Kauffmann's first prelude on "Valet will ich dir geben" calls for a combination that I by now consider as 'typically Kauffmann': Fagott 16',…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Valet will ich dir geben (alio modo)

Posted on May 6th, 2017

Again a piece with an unusual registration prescription. No indication however which hand should play on which manual. Perhaps Kauffmann meant it the…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her

Posted on Oct 18th, 2016

Another go at this choral melody, this time by Kauffmann. It is intruiging how one melody can give rise to so many different pieces. This version is…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her (2)

Posted on Oct 22nd, 2016

Kauffmann is best known for the "Harmonische Seelenlust". This work, containing all of his known chorale preludes together with figured bass settings…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Wenn mein Stündlein vorhanden ist

Posted on May 28th, 2015

This chorale prelude was transcribed from manuscript Mus. ms. 22541 III owned by the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. Kauffmann prescribes a Gemshorn 8'…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern

Posted on Feb 28th, 2017

Kauffmann wrote two preludes to the choral "Wie schön leuchtet uns der Morgenstern". For the organ solo one, Kauffmann prescribes the use of a…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern

Posted on Mar 14th, 2017

This prelude is one of the six Kauffmann wrote for the combination organ and oboe. It is a lively piece in 6/8 meter. Kauffmann has a knack for…

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, Wir glauben all an einen Gott

Posted on May 12th, 2015

Transcribed from manuscript Mus.ms. 22541 III owned by the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin The recording was done with the sampleset, made by Organ Art…

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