Oley, Johann Christoph

Johann Christoph Oley, Variierte Choräle

Posted on May 14th, 2016

Johann Christoph Oley (1738 - 1789) was a German organist and composer. In 1755 he became organist of the church in Bernburg, but moved to the church…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Ach was soll ich Sünder machen

Posted on Oct 1st, 2015

This choral prelude is the first of two preludes on this melody by Oley, found in Ms 30190. It is subtitled "2 Clav. et Ped", but I think there is no…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Ach was soll ich Sünder machen (2)

Posted on Oct 15th, 2015

This choral prelude is the second of two preludes on this melody by Oley, found in Ms 30190. It is for full organ and contains some tricky trills in…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Ach was soll ich Sünder machen (3)

Posted on Jul 30th, 2023

This prelude to the chorale "Ach was soll ich Sünder machen" is the third one Oley wrote based on this melody. The first two…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Auf auf mein Herz, mit Freude

Posted on Jun 16th, 2015

Manuscript Mus.ms. 30190 owned by the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin contains two preludes from Oley on "Auf auf mein Herz, mit Freude". They're both…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Auf auf mein Herz, mit Freude

Posted on Jun 16th, 2015

Manuscript Mus.ms. 30190 owned by the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin contains two preludes from Oley on "Auf auf mein Herz, mit Freude". They're both…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Aus tiefer Noth ruf ich zu dir

Posted on Jul 6th, 2023

Oley's prelude to the choral "Aus tiefer Noth, ruf ich zu dir" features the chorale melody in the tenor voice. The other voices play an accompaniment…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Christus der ist mein Leben (two preludes)

Posted on Jul 10th, 2023

Oley wrote two short preludes to the chorale "Christus der ist mein Leben". They are too short to publish seperately, so here they are together. The…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Danket dem Herren

Posted on Jul 26th, 2023

Oley's prelude to the chorale "Danket dem Herren" is a densely written manualiter piece with the chorale melody in a canon in the fourth. Oley really…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Der Tag ist hin, mein Jesu bei mir bleiben

Posted on Aug 3rd, 2023

Oley's prelude to the chorale "Der Tag ist hin, mein Jesu bei mir bleiben" is to my ears ons of the most beautiful preludes Oley wrote. The pedal…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Ermuntre dich mein schwacher Geist

Posted on Aug 29th, 2023

Oley's prelude to the chorale "Ermuntre dich mein schwacher Geist" is the last one chorale prelude taken from manuscript Ec 266.1.2. I kept this one…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Freu dich sehr o meine Seele

Posted on Jun 14th, 2015

Oley's choral prelude on "Freu dich sehr o meine Seele" is the third chorale prelude from Manuscript Mus.ms. 30190 owned by the Staatsbibliothek zu…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Freu dich sehr, O meine Seele

Posted on May 1st, 2015

Johann Christoph Oley (1738 - 1789) was a German organist and composer. In 1755 he became organist of the church in Bernburg, but moved to the church…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Herr Jesu Christ du höchstes Gut

Posted on Jul 18th, 2023

Manuscript Ec 266.1.2, held by the Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek, Bonn, is the source of a few more choral preludes by Johann Christoph Oley…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Herzliebster Jesu was hast du verbrochen?

Posted on Jun 13th, 2015

Oley's choral prelude on "Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen?" was transcribed from Manuscript Mus.ms. 30190 owned by the Staatsbibliothek zu…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Hier legt mein Sinn sich vor dir nieder

Posted on Oct 13th, 2015

A Trio like chorale prelude. The melody is played in both hands seperately, and then a third time unisono. The recording was done the sampleset,…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Ich singe dir mit Herz und Mund

Posted on Sep 12th, 2015

"Ich singe dir mit Herz und Mund" is the 12th choralprelude by Oley, published on this site and transcribed from Mus.ms 30190. The manuscript…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Jesu meine Zuversicht

Posted on Sep 15th, 2015

Oley's choral prelude on "Jesu meine Zuversicht" is a lively piece, in line with the meaning of the text. The recording was done the sampleset,…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Mach’s mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güte

Posted on Jun 11th, 2015

Oley's choral prelude on "Mach's mit mir, nach deiner Güte" was transcribed from Manuscript Mus.ms. 30190 owned by the Staatsbibliothek zu…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Meine Hoffnung stehet feste

Posted on Jun 24th, 2015

The recording was done the sampleset, made by Sonus Paradis, of the Transept organ in the Laurenskerk, Rotterdam. Score Oley, Meine Hoffnung…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Nun danket alle Gott

Posted on Jul 7th, 2015

This chorale prelude on "Nun danket alle Gott" is for manuals only. The recording was done the sampleset, made by Sonus Paradis, of the Transept…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Nun freut euch lieben Christen g’mein

Posted on Jun 24th, 2015

The idea of this chorale prelude is somewhat reminiscent of “In dir ist Freude” from the Orgelbüchlein: a motif in the pedal that keeps…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Nun lob mein Seel den Herrn

Posted on Oct 28th, 2015

A manualiter piece, a little longer than most of the other chorale preludes by Oley. The recording was done with the sampleset, made by Sonus…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Nun sich der Tag geendet hat

Posted on Aug 15th, 2023

Oley's fondness of canons sometimes leads to beautifull compositions, but every so often the result is stiff or just plain boring. An example of the…

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Johann Christoph Oley, O Gott, du frommer Gott

Posted on Sep 7th, 2015

This choral prelude is based on the same melody that Bach uses for his partita BWV 767. It is a slow flowing embellishment of the choral melody. Near…

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Johann Christoph Oley, O Jesu du mein Bräutigam

Posted on Jul 22nd, 2023

The choral "O jesu du mein Bräutigam" has the same melody as the choral "Herr Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht". Oley writes a manualiter piece with…

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Johann Christoph Oley, O Traurigkeit, O Herzeleid

Posted on Jul 2nd, 2023

In 2015 and 2016 I published over 20 chorale preludes composed by Johann Christoph Oley (1738 - 1789) and created an edition that contained them all…

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Johann Christoph Oley, O Welt sie hier dein leben

Posted on Nov 9th, 2015

The last piece from manuscript Mus.ms. 30190 is a prelude on "O Welt, sie hier dein Leben". It's a four voice piece, with the cantus firmus in the…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Was Gott tut das ist wohlgetan

Posted on Jun 7th, 2015

Johann Christoph Oley (1738 – 1789) was a German organist and composer. In 1755 he became organist of the church in Bernburg, but moved to the…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Was mein Gott will, das g’scheht allzeit

Posted on Sep 26th, 2015

This chorale prelude on "Was mein Gott will, das g'scheh allzeit" has the choral melody in the pedal part. The recording was done the sampleset,…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Wenn meine Sünd mich kränken

Posted on Aug 19th, 2023

Some of Oley's chorale preludes are a bit more difficult to play than most others. The prelude to the chorale "Wenn meine Sünd mich kränken" is one…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Werde munter mein Gemüte

Posted on Oct 22nd, 2015

In the manuscript this choral prelude has the indication "manualiter". It is an unusual piece, in that it doesn't sound as organ music at all. It…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Werde munter mein Gemüte (2)

Posted on Oct 30th, 2015

This short prelude by Oley on "Werde munter mein Gemüte" shows his fondness of strict canon. The recording was done with the sampleset, made by…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Wie gross ist des Allmächt’gen Güte

Posted on Aug 23rd, 2023

A chorale prelude to "Wie gross ist des Allmächt'gen Güte" is not something you come often across. And there appear to be several melodies in use…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern

Posted on Jun 27th, 2015

This chorale prelude on "Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern" is for two manuals and pedal. Oley made a sparkling piece, in reference to the title of…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Wie soll ich dich empfangen?

Posted on Sep 18th, 2015

Oley's choral prelude on "Wie soll ich dich empfangen?" starts promising, but is over before you know it. It's still a nice piece, but I think Oley…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Wir Christenleut

Posted on Sep 21st, 2015

Oley's choral prelude on "Wir Christenleut" is a nice piece in itself. But it seems to me more melancholy than the text of the choral would suggest. …

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Johann Christoph Oley, Wir Christenleut (2)

Posted on Aug 7th, 2023

This is the second chorale prelude by Oley to the melody of "Wir Christenleut" that I publish. The first can be found here:…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hällt

Posted on Aug 11th, 2023

Oley's prelude to the chorale "Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält" is a short manualiter piece in f minor. Oley has the melody cleverly hidden in…

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Johann Christoph Oley, Wunderbarer König

Posted on Jul 14th, 2023

Oley's prelude to the choral "Wunderbarer König" is written for organ and oboe. In real life it would be difficult to play this composition as one…

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Josef Ferdinand Norbert Seger, Prælude, B Dur (L 12)

Posted on Jul 16th, 2023

The next two preludes from manuscript Becker III.8.63, held by the Städtische Bibliotheken Leipzig, share the same tonality, b flat major. The first…

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