Here we have a new complete revision of my Prelude and Fugue "Song of the Legions", which is actually based on the quite delicate melody of the Polish hymn. I have reduced the tempo, corrected very annoying cut-off notes and based the work on a naturally Polish sample set from St. John's Church in Krakow. I have more in common with Poland than I thought I did a few years ago. My father comes from East Prussia and his family changed their surname when they fled to Lower Saxony. In reality, my surname is Niedzwedzki, which means "noble bear" :-)) My son-in-law's family is also Polish. And consequently I have also dedicated this work to him.
This time I left out the 16" trombone in the pedal, as it drowns out everything quite brutally. The pedal is coupled with the Hauptwerk and so we have an 8" trumpet in it, which sufficiently underlines the festive character of the prelude.
The work is in F-sharp major, and requires a well-tempered tuning, which is evidently provided by this set of samples.
The work would play well overall if the continuous semiquaver movement in the second voice were omitted in the Prelude. The polyphonic, quiet middle section is no more difficult to finger than a comparable work by the great Johann Sebastian.
Ich habe Euch auch einmal die Noten angehangen, falls es jemand vielleicht einmal probieren möchte .....
In the development section, the melody is heard once in major, once in minor. In the prelude, the opening motif appears with gentle registration and half a tone lower, i.e. F major, and finds its way back to F-sharp major in bar 89 via an enharmonic mix-up.
Enough words. Have fun with this composition!