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Prelude on Von Himmel hoch
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on the tune by Martin Luther (1483-1546)

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'Organ Fireworks, Vol. 7' (CDA66917)
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 7
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Track 10 on CDA66917 [1'57] Archive Service

Prelude on Von Himmel hoch
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Johann Pachelbel’s lilting 12/8 Prelude on ‘Vom Himmel hoch’ sets the tune in the pedals against two manual parts, which treat each line of the chorale in dialogue. High-sounding stops emphasize the dancing quality of the piece, while the angels’ tidings to the shepherds are greeted on the last note by the nightingale, a suitably festive jeu d’esprit.

from notes by Stephen Westrop © 1997

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