Running to over 100 bars, the Praeludium in E major, BuxWV141, shows Buxtehude at his most exuberantly inventive. Twelve bars of free writing introduce a fugue whose sturdy, melodious subject looks forward to the great fugue (the so-called ‘St Anne’) with which J S Bach concluded Part III of his Clavierübung
. A free interlude then introduces a manuals-only Presto section (at 4'03''). The time signature then changes from 4/4 to 12/8, and there is a very brief, jig-like fugue. A grand Adagio leads to the short fugue with which the work straightforwardly concludes.
from notes by Relf Clark © 2012