Josef Ferdinand Norbert Seger, Præludium, G Dur (L 9)
Seger’s prelude in G major (l 9) features a short introduction of 9 bars that leads to the tonic of G major, after which the actual piece starts in “Alla breve” time. I guess that means that I should play it twice as fast as the introduction.
The manuscript explicitly indicates that the first low G should be played with the pedals. After that it is anyone’s guess whether or not the pedals should be used. I decided (again) to use the pedals in my performance.
It is a very nice prelude, not too long, not too complicated. It feels like it was improvsed. It does not have a ‘main theme’ or something like that, it develops as a series of motivic plays, where one of the voices start a litlle motif that the other voices echo, after which another voice starts another litlle motif. Harmonically it goes up and down a little but not too much. It is actually intruiging that a composition in which nothing really happens, can sound so well.
The recording was done with the Hauptwerk software and the sampleset, made by Sonus Paradisi, of the Hinsz organ in the Reformed church in the Midwolda (http://www.sonusparadisi.cz/en/organs/netherlands/midwolda-surround-sample-set.html).