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A sequence on Jesu, meine Freude beautifully exemplifies Bach's teaching. In his Clavierübung it was Krebs's way to treat the chorales in three sections : first a 'praeambulum' hinting at the mood of the tune and its contour; second a chorale prelude; and third the chorale itself. The Praeambulum is in this case an appropriately joyous affair [listen -- track 18, 0:00-0:44]. It was Bach's practice to introduce his students to fugal writing by stipulating at first only two parts. By the time Krebs came to write his fugue in A minor, he was complete master of four parts or more, and could devise an impressive structure with exemplary rigour and freedom. The conclusion makes an impressive peroration and gives Kitchen every chance to display his virtuosity [listen -- track 21, 2:35-3:38].

Copyright © 5 February 2003 Robert Anderson, London, UK


Complete Organ Works of Johann Ludwig Krebs vol 4

PRCD 737 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 75'11" 2002 Priory Records Ltd

John Kitchen, organ of the Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh

Praeludium in C; Praeludium in C; Praeludium in F; Praeludium in F; Trio in B flat; Fantasia in F; Chorale: Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir [per Canonem]; Chorale: Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz?; [Fantasia sopra] Warum sollt ich mich denn grämen?; Chorale: O König, dessen Majestät; Praeludium in C; Fuga in C; Praeambulum supra Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein; Choral alio modo; Trio in D minor (Andante - Vivace); Praeambulum supra Jesu, meine Freude; Choral Jesu , meine Freude; Choral alio modo; Fuga in A minor; Chorale: Jesu, meines Lebens Leben; Chorale: Jesu, der du meine Seele; Chorale: Mitten wir im Leben sind; Chorale: O Gott, du frommer Gott; Praeambulum supra Vater unser im Himmelreich; Choral Vater unser in Himmelreich; Choral alio modo; Chorale: Wir glauben all' an einen Gott, Vater [à 2 Claviere e Pedale doppio]; Chorale variations: Jesu, meines Lebens Leben




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