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Preludium in E minor 'The Great'

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Uploaded by: Pep-Organ (12/05/21)
Composer: Bruhns, Nicolaus
Sample Producer: OrganArt Media
Sample Set: 1761/2005 J. A. Silbermann-Metzler, Arlesheim, Switzerland
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Baroque
Description:
Nicolaus Bruhns was recognised during his short lifetime (only 31 years) as one of the greatest virtuosos of the organ in North Germany. Even a century after his death, music writers still spoke of him as one who greatly contributed to a more ambitious style of composition.

Perhaps his greatest work for organ (that survives) is this Praeludium in E Minor, a multi-sectional work in the North German style, full of flourishes and fantastia-like passages, balanced out with fugal counterpoint.

There are accounts that Bruhns had a sense of humour, too. Sometimes at church, he would get out his violin and play from the organ bench. As a violinist, I can see many violinistic features within his works, and it is quite clear in this work where one could play a quick solo.

Performed on the J.A. Silbermann organ at Arlesheim Cathedral, Switzerland through Hauptwerk technology. My greatest thanks to Kim for filming the performance.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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