The Chorale Prelude ‘Von Gott will ich nicht lassen’, BuxWV221 (‘From God shall naught divide me’) is based on a melody, secular in origin, familiar to organists through Nicolas Lebègue’s Une vierge pucelle
. Ludwig Hembold’s text dates from 1563. By contrast with the previous prelude, the melody drowns in rich ornamentation, so much so that the piece would be ineffective as an introduction to the singing of the hymn; but the almost incessant semiquavers make this among the most Bach-like of these preludes.
from notes by Relf Clark © 2008