ABOUT THIS CHORALE: This is one of the most well-known of Bach's chorales, which Busoni made famous with his piano transcription of Bach's organ prelude. The version played here is the "original" chorale on which Bach based his organ prelude, and then, on which Busoni derived his version for piano. This is the one and only true and original "source," which I happen to like better than Bach's own adaptation for organ and Busoni's piano transcription. The melody here was composed not by Bach but in 1529 (by "Anonymous"), a full 200 years before Bach harmonized it. It is one of the most "romantic" sounding of all Bach's chorales, which can be enhanced with rolled chords at cadences and liberal use of the damper pedal.
ESSAY ON BACH'S CHORALES: If there was just one style I could play for the rest of my life, it would be Bach chorales. They are better, more complete, and more gratifying than just about all other styles. I even rate Bach's chorales higher than Bach's more famous keyboard works like the Inventions and WTC. The sad thing is that pianists almost never play them. There is a good reason for this and it is simply that there are no good complete piano editions of them. But not for long!!
Your donations to BachScholar's "BACH CHORALE PROJECT" will help put an end to this sad situation. Long live Bach chorales and thank you for your donation!! http://www.bachscholar.com/donate/
Sincerely, Dr. Cory Hall