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Toccata und Fuge d-moll - Jesu meine Freude

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Uploaded by: NeoBarock (04/09/22)
Composer: * My Own Composition
Sample Producer: Piotr Grabowski
Sample Set: Erfurt Büssleben 1702
Software: GrandOrgue
Genre: Baroque
Jesu meine Freude is a chorale written by Johann Crüger in 1653. We know it mainly from some of Bach's compositions, various chorale arrangements, cantatas and of course the great motet of the same name. The beauty of the form and melody is that although set to music in a minor key, a radiant ending in a major key is indispensable. The melodic course is characterised by alternating descending and ascending movement, so it is very suitable for an arrangement.
My present composition is somewhat older, and I have presented it here before.
Now I have thoroughly revised it and re-recorded it on my favourite sample set Erfurt Büßleben. Whereas the fast tempo was criticised in earlier uploads, I have considerably reduced the tempo here, so that we now have a playing time of 10.5 minutes for this 3-part work, which makes it one of the more monumental of my compositions.
The opening movement is a toccata, which bears its name mainly because of the 2 pedal solos that are integrated into the overall context. The main motif is characterised by a replay of the up and down movement described earlier, under which a part of the chorale melody fits in each part. And so we consciously hear the chorale melody in the pedal and the middle voices. The pedal solo is technically very difficult to play, it jumps in broken triads over the entire range and modulates very strongly. The Toccata contains a fugal middle section, performed with the Brustwerk with a somewhat weaker registration, and already anticipates the fugue. Here the chorale melody is in the foreground, which can be characterised by a forward thrusting movement. This impression of urgent movement arises from the counterpoint to the chorale melody and a very "Bachian" continuous eighth-note movement in the bass, whereby one can certainly say that the bass is the leading voice here. One is reminded a little of jazz music, which is also my intention - a neo-baroque piece - lol.
Performance: MIDI
Recorded in: Stereo
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