Johann Balthasar Kehl, Ach bleib mit deiner Gnad (oder: Christus der ist mein Leben)

Posted on Apr 2nd, 2016

The chorale prelude on "Ach bleib mit deiner Gnad" by Kehl looks a bit daunting at first. But the 64th notes are more like written out trills or…

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Johann Balthasar Kehl, Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr

Posted on Jan 25th, 2017

Another one of the melodious, deceptively simple preludes, Kehl seems to have had the patent on. I use another manual for the choral melody, but this…

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Johann Balthasar Kehl, Der lieben Sonnen Licht und Pracht

Posted on Jun 22nd, 2017

The title of this choral suggest perhaps music with some brilliance. However, the music Kehl actually wrote is to my ears very modest. Therefore I…

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Johann Balthasar Kehl, Erschienen ist der herrlich Tag

Posted on Apr 25th, 2016

One of the attractive bicinia Kehl seems to have had a patent on. The recording was done on the sample set of the Holzey organ of St. Peter and…

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Johann Balthasar Kehl, Gelobet seist du Jesu Christ

Posted on May 23rd, 2016

In this chorale prelude Kehl shows again his ability to create pieces that are unlike any other he wrote before. One can only admire the great…

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Johann Balthasar Kehl, Herr Jesu Christ du höchstes Gut

Posted on Apr 8th, 2016

Even in a simple bicinium texture, Kehl manages to create a highly attractive piece, that is not too difficult, yet rewarding for both player and…

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Johann Balthasar Kehl, Herzlich tut mich verlangen

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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Johann Balthasar Kehl, Heut triumphiret Gottes Sohn

Posted on Mar 27th, 2016

The title says it all. Happy Easter. The recording was done on the sample set of the Holzey organ of St. Peter and Paul in Weissenau by…

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Johann Balthasar Kehl, Jesu meine Freude

Posted on Mar 9th, 2017

Kehl's prelude on "Jesu meine Freude" has the melody alternating in the left hand and the right hand. It is a relatively simple piece, but is does…

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Johann Balthasar Kehl, Jesus meine Zuversicht

Posted on May 10th, 2017

The introduction in this choral prelude is almost as long as the presentation of the choral melody that follows it. The piece shows Kehl at his best:…

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Johann Balthasar Kehl, Lobt Gott ihr Christen all’zugleich

Posted on Jun 15th, 2017

The choral "Lobt Gott ihr Chirsten all zugleich" inspired Kehl to a compose piece that is more early classical than baroque. It is a festive piece…

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Johann Balthasar Kehl, Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland

Posted on Nov 20th, 2015

Balthasar Kehl (1724 - 1778) was a German organist, cellist and composer. He began his education at the Ratschule in Coburg in 1734 and in 1742 he…

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Johann Balthasar Kehl, Nun sich der Tag geendet hat

Posted on Mar 22nd, 2016

Kehl's prelude on "Nun sich der Tag geendet hat" is a simple yet beautiful piece. The recording was done on the sample set of the Holzey organ of…

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Johann Balthasar Kehl, Seelenbrautigam Jesu

Posted on Feb 3rd, 2017

Another fine example of what Kehl was capable of. As is usual with Kehl this piece start with a somewhat unrelated intro. The intro sets the mood,…

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Johann Balthasar Kehl, Sei Lob und Ehr dem höchsten Gut

Posted on Jun 9th, 2017

Yesterday I realized I still have to finish my series of choral preludes by Johann Balthasar Kehl. Only a few pieces left to go, and then it's time…

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Johann Balthasar Kehl, So gehst du dann mein Jesu hin

Posted on Feb 28th, 2016

Johann Balthasar Kehl (1724 - 1778) was a German organist, cellist and composer. A few months ago I started a series with Kehl's choral preludes, but…

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Johann Balthasar Kehl, Straff mich nicht in deinen Zorn

Posted on Mar 13th, 2016

The chorale preludes of Kehl follow mostly the same basic pattern: a short introduction, the melody in the right hand addorned with grace notes, and…

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Johann Balthasar Kehl, Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her

Posted on Oct 1st, 2016

I have neglected Kehl somewhat these last months. And there quite a few pieces of him left to publish. So it's about time to post a new piece by…

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Johann Balthasar Kehl, Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern

Posted on Mar 1st, 2017

After yesterdays sparkling prelude to "Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern", it's now the turn for a much more restrained version. Kehl was perhaps…

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