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Bach Chorale Preludes Program Notes and Sheet Music

Bach's Chorale Preludes:

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Date of Composition: 1707-1750

Instrumentation: Organ

Duration: Approximately 1-2 hours

Bach Chorale Preludes, organ



Bach wrote over 300 chorale preludes, which are short organ pieces based on Protestant hymns. The chorale preludes are a diverse collection of works, ranging from simple and straightforward settings to complex and elaborate compositions.

The chorale preludes were written for use in Lutheran church services. The Lutheran Church uses a system of chorale singing, in which the congregation sings the melody of a hymn while the organist improvises a harmonized accompaniment. Bach's chorale preludes were intended to be used as models for organists to improvise their own accompaniments.


Bach's chorale preludes are a showcase for his mastery of counterpoint and improvisation. The chorale preludes are full of beautiful melodies, rich harmonies, and expressive rhythms. Bach uses a variety of musical techniques to create a sense of joy, praise, and wonder.

The chorale preludes are a popular choice for performance by organists. The chorale preludes are also often performed in concerts and recitals.


Bach's chorale preludes have been praised by critics and musicians alike. They are considered to be some of the most beautiful and important works of Baroque organ music. The chorale preludes are often performed by organists around the world.

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