Eleven Chorale Preludes

Eleven Chorale Preludes, Op. 122, is a collection of works for organ by Johannes Brahms, written in 1896 at the end of the composer's life and published posthumously in 1902. They are based on verses of nine Lutheran chorales, two of them set twice, and are relatively short:

  1. Mein Jesu, der du mich in E minor
  2. Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen in G minor
  3. O Welt, ich muß dich lassen (O World, I Must Leave You) in F major
  4. Herzlich tut mich erfreuen in D major
  5. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele in E major
  6. O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen in D minor
  7. O Gott, du frommer Gott in A minor
  8. Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen in F major
  9. Herzlich tut mich verlangen (Heartily Do I Request) in A minor
  10. Herzlich tut mich verlangen (second setting) in A minor
  11. O Welt, ich muß dich lassen (second setting) in F major


Preludes 4, 5, and 8–11 were transcribed for solo piano by Ferruccio Busoni in 1902 as BV B 50. These transcriptions have been recorded by Paul Jacobs, Wolf Harden, Lydia Artymiw, and Igor Levit.

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