Georg Böhm (1661-1733): Vater unser im Himmelreich

Uploaded on Dec 2, 2017

A particularly beautiful “coloratura” organ chorale prelude of the type beloved of Böhm, but with many similar in Buxtehude, and, of course, Bach.

The left-hand is in the style of a continuo realization, but contrapuntally independent of the (ornamented) cantus (which is not the case with true continuo). There are few suspensions or other nonharmonic tones in the left hand (except at a couple of points), all the contrapuntal energy being generated in the cantus. The hymn can be traced through the ornamented cantus in half and quarter notes, with frequent suspensions, neighbors, and other ornaments.

I've used pan flute, 16' "pedal recorder", and MS Oboe. I've had to hide some mordent realizations in a second voice on the cantus staff because of the year-old+ MS bug that ornamented tied notes corrupt the playback where they appear. I've done no phrasing work.

In landscape form, this is ideal for printing and performance.

Böhm chorale prelude chorale organ Vater unser

Pages 2
Duration 04:01
Measures 40
Key signature 1 flat
Parts 3
Part names Oboe, Other Woodwinds, Recorder
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I absolutely love the deceptive cadence at measure 30!
Thank you for this beautiful score! I'm going to play it during Lent at my church. I changed the alto clef to treble clef so I don't have to think as hard. Unfortunately, I lost the formatting and the score increased to 3 pages. Would you please suggest a way to change the clef and keep the formatting?
Oh, what an incredibly perfect countered points rhythm (like piano roll) performed this way! Great work, perfect. It sounds much like framed by some other extraterrestrian folks...