Arthur Bliss took the chorale prelude Das alte Jahr vergangen ist
BWV614 from Bach’s Orgelbüchlein
as the subject of his arrangement. This is a notably restrained, even reverential setting, with discreet octave doubling of bass and upper lines sensitively supporting the melody, though at one point requiring wide skips by the left hand to encompass Bach’s harmony.
from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2010