Eleven Chorale Preludes

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Eleven Chorale Preludes, Op. 122, is a collection of works for organ by Johannes Brahms, written in 1896 at the end of the composer's life and published posthumously in 1902.[1] They are based on verses of nine Lutheran chorales, two of them set twice, and are relatively short:

  1. Mein Jesu, der du mich in e
  2. Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen in g
  3. O Welt, ich muß dich lassen (O World, I Must Leave You) in F
  4. Herzlich tut mich erfreuen in D
  5. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele in E
  6. O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen in d
  7. O Gott, du frommer Gott in a
  8. Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen in F
  9. Herzlich tut mich verlangen (Heartily Do I Request) in a
  10. Herzlich tut mich verlangen (second setting) in a
  11. O Welt, ich muß dich lassen (second setting) in F


Preludes 4, 5, and 8–11 were transcribed for solo piano by Ferruccio Busoni in 1902 as BV B 50. These transcriptions have been recorded by Paul Jacobs and Wolf Harden.


  1. ^ Bond, Ann. Brahms Chorale Preludes, Op. 122, The Musical Times, Vol. 112, Nbr. 1543, pp. 898–900. September 1971.

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