Bach Great 18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651-668

Johann Sebastian bach wrote his Great Eighteen Chorale Preludes, BWV 651-668 during his last decade in Leipzig (1740–1750), from earlier works composed while acting as organist in the Weimar court. The works form an encyclopedic collection of large-scale chorale preludes, in a variety of styles harking back to the previous century, that Bach gradually perfected during his career. Toghether with the Orgelbüchlein and the Clavier-Übung they represent the summit of his religious works for organ. The breadth of styles and forms represented by the Great Eighteen is as diverse as that of the Well Tempered Clavier. The pieces are on a large and often epic scale, compared with the miniature intimacy of the choral preludes of the Orgelbüchlein. Many of the chorale preludes pay homage to much older models in the German liturgical tradition, but the parallel influence of the Italian concerto tradition is equally visible. It is a mid-eighteenth century salute to the musical traditions of the previous century.
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18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651-668 - BWV 651. Komm heiliger Geist Herr Gott
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18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651-668 - BWV 653. An Wasserflussen Babylon
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18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651-668 - BWV 654. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele
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18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651-668 - BWV 654. Schmucke dich o liebe Seele
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18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651-668 - BWV 655. Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend
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18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651-668 - Chorale on “O Lamm Gottes unschuldig” BWV 656
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18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651-668 - BWV 657. Nun Danket Alle Gott
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18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651-668 - BWV 658. Von Gott will ich nicht lassen
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18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651-668 - BWV 658. Von Gott will ich nicht lassen
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18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651-668 - BWV 659. Nun Komm Der Heiden Heiland
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18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651-668 - BWV 661. Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland
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18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651-668 - BWV 661. Nun Komm Der Heiden Heiland
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18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651-668 - BWV 662. Allein Gott in der Hoh' Sei Ehr
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18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651-668 - BWV 664. Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr
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18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651-668 - BWV 665. Jesus Christus unser heiland
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18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651-668 - BWV 667. Komm , Gott Schopfer Heiliger Geist
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18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651-668 - BWV 668. Vor Deine Thron Tret' Ich Hiemit,
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18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651-668 - BWV 659. Nun Komm Der Heiden Heiland (for piano - Busoni)
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18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651-668 - BWV 659. Nun Komm Der Heiden Heiland (for piano - Busoni)
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18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651-668 - BWV 659. Nun Komm Der Heiden Heiland (for piano - Busoni)
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18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651-668 - Chorale Vor Deinem Thron BWV 668
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