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Vater unser im Himmelreich

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (02/27/15)
Composer: Schneider, Johann
Sample Producer: Voxus Virtual Organs
Sample Set: 1738 Christian Müller - Haarlem (Wet)
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Baroque
Johann Schneider (1702-1788) was a German organist, violinist, and composerr. He was born in Oberlauter, near Coburg in Bavaria, and grew up in Saalfeld. He became a keyboard pupil of J.S. Bach's, perhaps around 1720. He also studied the violin under Johann Gottlieb Graun and Johann Graf (1684-1750).

In 1721 Johann Schneider became court organist and chief violinist at his home town of Saalfeld. From 1726 he was employed as a violinist in the Weimar court orchestra, and on December 23, 1729 he was appointed organist at the Nikolaikirche, Leipzig. Lorenz Mizler, writing in 1747 mentions him as a fine organist, and adds: 'his preludes on the organ are of such good taste that in this field, except for Mr Bach, whose pupil he has been, there is nothing better to be heard in Leipzig' .

The possibility that Schneider is identical with the J.S. Bach pupil known as Anon 5, who made numerous copies of J.S. Bach's keyboard works under the composer's supervision between about 1720 and 1725, has been raised by Marianne Helms (see NBA V/7, Kritische Bericht, pp. 183-195).

"Vater unser im Himmelreich con Organo Pleno" is a very "strict" and rather "severe" piece. It is grand in style, and shows the contrapuntal nature of Schneider's writing. The pace is broad and solemn, as befits the nature of the chorale.

In this performance we hear the "ALMOST full organ". If you like your THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER, get ready for THIS 32' reed... ;-)
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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