For a church organist, a collection of music based on hymn-tunes routinely demonstrates its usefulness. If J.S. Bach’s Orgelbüchlein can be used as an essential model, chorale preludes become more than just a hymn introduction. This is music where theology, liturgy, prayer, proclamation… all form a musical conversation between composer and congregation. This is music about divine things.
The settings below feature a variety of tunes that may be found in most North American hymnal resources. Obviously, there is an emphasis on melodies from the Classic German Chorale tradition. These may be used as voluntaries or hymn introductions.
Sample pages from the chorale settings are below, along with links where you can order a complete copy for performance and study.
Carson Cooman, Composer in Residence to the Memorial Church at Harvard University, has prepared a foreword to this edition.