Ernst Friedrich Richter, Präludium und Fuge, a moll
The prelude of this work is a beautifull, Mendelsohn-like, piece. It is not unlike the third part of Mendelsohn’s fourth Sonata, even if that piece is in F major and this one in a minor. The left hand plays the melody of the chorale “Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz”, while the right hand provides a two part accompaniment. It is a beautifull, bittersweet piece. The fugue is based on a modulating theme that leads to a very chromatic piece, without it being too obvious. All in all a nice example of Richter’s craftmanship in counterpoint and composition.
The recording was done on the sample set of the Van Dam organ (1832) in Tholen by Voxus Organs for Hauptwerk.