Johann Gottfried Walther, Nun komm der Heiden Heiland
Walther is of course well known, and as such not really the subject of Partitura Organum. But this piece is too beautiful and fits the time of year too well to ignore. It is one of three preludes Walther wrote on the theme of “Nun komm der heiden Heiland”. It presents the chorale melody in all four voice. As counter subject for the first fragment of the melody Walther uses both the other fragments. Thus he creates a texture in which the melody fragments twirl around each other, in both more or less plain form and heavily embellished. One needs the score to really hear what’s going on.
The recording was done with the sampleset, made by Organ Art Media, of the Arp Schnitger organ in Steinkirchen.
Score (non alto)
Walther, Nun komm der heiden Heiland non alto