March 13, 2011

Duccio di Buoninsegna, Temptation on the Mountian, Frick Collection, New York 1308-11

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor [Matthew 4:8].

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes  
First Sunday in Lent

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Organ voluntaries in Lent at both Choral Eucharist and evensong will comprise a complete presentation of Bach’s Clavier-Übung III which includes preludes based on chorales corresponding to the Lutheran catechism.  There are 21 of these chorale-preludes followed by 4 duets, all of which are enclosed in opening and closing movements from the great "St Anne" prelude and triple fugue in e, BWV 552. The Clavier-Übung III is sometimes referred to as the German Organ Mass.

Click to read about Johann Sebastian Bach in Wikipedia.

Click to read about the Clavier-Übung III, also in Wikipedia.

Click to read brief essay by James Kibbie.

 to read programme notes by Marc-André Doran.

Marie-Claire Alain performs the complete Clavier-Übung III at the Schnitger organ in Martinikerk (Groningen) [YouTube Playlist]

Bernard Lagacé on the 1961 Beckerath organ of l’Église de l’Immaculée-Conception, Montreal, performs the complete Clavier-Übung III (plus The Six 'Schübler' Chorales) [listen] [Attn: There are 2 CDs]

James Kibbie performs the complete Clavier-Übung III at the 1724-30 Trost organ, Stadtkirche, Waltershausen, Germany and the 1722 Gottfried Silbermann organ, Marienkirche, Rötha, Germany [listen]

James Pressler gives a virtual performance of the Clavier-Übung III (minus the 4 duets): Click here, then click on individual pieces to give the origin of the samples (on the left) and the German text and English translation of the particular chorale (on the right).  Click on the musical notes for a performance.

James Breemer performs the complete Clavier-Übung III: click here, then click on the the particular piece.

Nancy Lancaster performs 12 chorale-preludes and the opening and closing movements from the Clavier-Übung III at the 1979 C.B. Fisk organ of the House of Hope Presbyterian Church, Saint Paul, MN [listen]