Wednesday, 5 March 2008

71. Johann Sebastian Bach - Orgelbuchlein (1715-40)


Title: Organ Works Vol.3 and Vol.4
Performer: Gerhard Weinberger
Year: 1999
Length: 1 hour 20 minutes


Finally! The last unaccompanied organ recording in the foreseeable future! And I think ever... hopefully. As you can see my dislike of the unaccompanied organ lives on with a vengeance.

What can I say about these pieces, firstly they are dull. Then they are dull, and then you can see some of the interesting aspects of them, firstly they consist of pretty short pieces, about 40 of them, and they are generally quite melodic pieces.

Bach was a great organ composer, but I just hate the damned contraption. I would rather listen to the 27 Couperin Ordres on the harpsichord again, frankly.

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

The chorale preludes of the Orgelbüchlein share several common stylistic features, which are the distinguishing traits of what is known as the "Orgelbüchlein-style chorale:"

* The chorale melody, embellished to varying degrees or unembellished altogether, is in one voice (excepting BWV 615, In dir ist Freude, in which the melody is broken up into motives and bounces between several voices).

* The melody is in the soprano voice (except for BWV 611, Christum, wir sollen loben schon, in which it is in the alto voice, and the canonical preludes BWV 600, 608, 618, 619, 620, 624, 629 and 633/634).

* The pieces are written in four-voice counterpoint, except for BWV 599, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, which is written in five voices, and BWV 639, Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, which is written in three.

* The pieces span exactly the length of the chorale melody; there are no introductions or codas.

O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß BWV 622:

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