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Chorale Prelude.

Organ prelude based on a chorale.* The theol. faculty at Wittenberg officially approved use of the organ in Luth. worship services 1597. Soon thereafter hymn preludes began to play an important part in Luth. worship services. Though the Thirty* Years' War brought a halt to most organ building in Ger., the chorale prelude was born in those yrs. S. Scheidt* is regarded as “the father of the chorale prelude,” but the chorale fantasies of M. Praetorius* and the chorale variations of the composers of N Ger. helped bring the chorale prelude into existence. By and large, the Luth. masters, esp. of N and Cen. Ger., were at their best in organ composition when writing chorale preludes. This was largely due to the fact that the chorale was to them a vital part of their worship life. The chorale preludes of men like J. G. Walther,* D. Buxtehude,* J. Pachelbel,* J. S. Bach* and other mems. of the Bach family are among the finest gems of all organ literature.

Edited by: Erwin L. Lueker, Luther Poellot, Paul Jackson
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