It took me 2 full practice sessions on 2 consecutive days to be able to record this sweet chorale prelude. Recording sessions were very frustrating as I kept making mistakes in unusual places. But luckily today was successful day. This chorale prelude is is a typical ornamented choral with pre-imitation technique where accompanying lower voices play in dialogues with each other before the chorale tune enters in soprano. Let me know if you had enjoyed this Vox Humana with the tremulant in the right hand part!
In this chorale prelude Kauffmann calls for Principal 8', Octav 4' and Sesquialtera in the manual part and Posaune 16' and Violon in the pedals. The pedals take up the chorale tune while the hands move in a brisk and charming imitation with each other based on the fragments of the chorale. It wasn't easy recording this beautiful piece - kept hitting the wrong keys from time to time but eventually everything fall into place.
This chorale prelude has two verses - in the first, pedals have the choral tune played with the Posaune 16' stop and the hand part plays in imitation on Principal 8' and Octav 4'. In the second much gentler verse, I play the choral on Octav 4' and Cornet 2' in the pedals and the hands on Gedackt 8' and 4'. The more I play Kauffmann's music, the more I love the colours, especially when the tempo is moderate like here.
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