This year the entire organ world celebrates 300th anniversary of Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713-1780) who was one of the most famous of Bach's students.
I have recorded a video playing one of the loveliest chorale preludes by Krebs ("Jesu, meine Freude") on the historical 1776 organ. The organ was built by the contemporary of Krebs - Adam Gottlob Casparini at the Holy Ghost church in Vilnius, Lithuania who was one of the most famous organ builders from Konigsberg in East Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Russia).
Click on the link below to listen to this composition and enjoy the sounds of this landmark instrument.
Video: Jesu, meine Freude by Krebs
How will you celebrate this anniversary? Here is what you can do: learn at least one piece by Krebs by the end of this year and play for your friends or family or during church service or even as a part of your recital.
In about 2 weeks, August, 17 I will be playing an entire recital consisting of chorale preludes from the Clavierubung by Krebs at Vilnius University St. John's church. This recital will be dedicated to the celebration of the 300th anniversary of this master.
By the way, if you enjoyed this video and would like to learn to play it, I have prepared a practice score with complete fingering of "Jesu, meine Freude".
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