Chorale Prelude Music Recordings

A Chorale Prelude is a short instrumental composition for organ, which uses a chorale tune as a basis. It is liturgical in nature (more specifically Protestant Christian), though its specific function in the church service is still debated by scholars: it may have been used to introduce the melody of the hymn about to be sung by the congregation. In any case the Chorale Prelude enjoyed a great success as an independent genre, with Dietrich Buxtehude and Johann Sebastian Bach writing more than 90 pieces in this form. Some romantic composers revived Chorale Prelude, such as Johannes Brahms.

Title Composer Instrument Period Ratings
8 Choral Preludes Johann Gottlob Werner Organ Classical
11 Chorale Preludes, Op. 122 Johannes Brahms Organ Romantic
18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651-668 Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque
32 Chorale Preludes, HoWV VIII. 2-33 Gottfried August Homilius Organ Baroque
Choralvorspiel zu 'Befiehl du deine Wege' Samuel de Lange Sr. Organ Romantic
Christus, der uns selig macht Michael Samuel David Gattermann Organ Classical
Clavier-Übung III (German Organ Mass) - Chorale Preludes, BWV 669-689 Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque
Der Tag ist hin, mein Jesu Johann Christoph Oley Organ Baroque
Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott Johann Gottfried Walther Organ Baroque
'Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott', BWV 720 Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque
'Herzlich Thut', BWV 727 Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque
Herzlich tut mich verlangen Johann Peter Kellner Organ Baroque
In allen meinen Taten Johann Ludwig Krebs Organ Baroque
Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 753 Johann Sebastian Bach Harpsichord Baroque
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier Johann Ludwig Krebs Organ Baroque
Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120 Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque
Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644 Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque
Schübler Chorales, BWV 645–650 Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque
Small Chorale Arrangements for Organ, Op. 8 no. 3 Hugo Distler Organ Early 20th Century
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme Johann Ludwig Krebs Organ Baroque