Sigfrid Karg-Elert (born Oberndorf am Neckar, 21 Nov 1877; died Leipzig, 9 April 1933)
Number no 19 of Opus 65 Ich dank' dir schon durch deinen Sohn
This is an unusual setting as the indication is to repeat the music for each of three verses but slower and softer for verse two and louder and faster for verse three. I could play slower but not faster so I have just played it through once. Here is the three verse version from the complete set of Karg-Elert organ music by Stephan Engels on Priory recordings.
The music is here;
66 organ pieces composed between 1906 and 1908. They were first published in 1909 and dedicated to Alexandre Guilmant. Op 65 includes the well known Nun danket alle Gott.
Karg-Elert was a German composer and teacher whose most notable influences included Carl Reinecke, Edvard Grieg, Claude Debussy, Arnold Schoenberg, and Alexander Scriabin.
His favourite instrument to compose for was the Kunstharmonium, a versatile French creation that allowed him the range of colors he preferred. From 1924 he gave weekly radio harmonium recitals from his house. To see Karg-Elert's creativity and the flexibility and range of colours offered by the Kunstharmonium have a look at Opus 101. Musical portaits of 33 composers from Palestrina to Schönberg.