Josef Ferdinand Norbert Seger, Præambulum C Dur (L 6)
Seger’s Præambulum in C Dur (L 6) is the second prelude of many in manuscript Becker III.8.63 that feature some form in introduction in long static chords. The first one was the prelude in D major, L 3 (see here: Josef Ferdinand Norbert Seger, Præambulum D Dur (L 3)). And I am still not sure what to do with them.
Playing them as they are written, sounds boring to my ears. So, I guess one has to ‘do’ something with them. Perhaps choose some figuration or motif and use the chords to improvise a small prelude to the actual prelude. Another possibility is to just leave the chords out and start with the actual prelude. That sounds perhaps odd, but I have seen examples of Seger’s work that in different sources are printed with ánd without the introductory chords. And in manuscript manuscript Becker III.8.63 the preludes L 6 en L 16a share the same two bars as beginning of the actual prelude, L 16a with and L 6 without chordal introduction.
Seger (or the scribe of this manuscript as this manuscript is in all probability not an autograph) writes first a broken chord of the major triad on C. Perhaps it is meant that one should follow this example for the reaiming chords. As that would become a bit tiring to my ears, I choose to only play the third chord as a broken chord and play part of the the rest as alternating rapid chords between the left and the right hand. Perhaps questionable, but it doesn’t take as long as playing them out as broken chords and sounds a lot more interesting.
The series of chords ends on the tonic, and the actual prelude starts on the triad of G. That’s an indication that simply omitting the chords is not really a solution and that one really has to ‘do’ something to work from a beginning in C major towards the dominant G major.
The recording was done with the Hauptwerk software and the sampleset, made by Sonus Paradisi, of the Schnittger organ in the St. Martini-kerk, Groningen (https://www.sonusparadisi.cz/en/organs/netherlands/groningen-st-martini.html).