Prelude in E-flat major (‘St. Anne’), BWV 552 – Johann Sebastian Bach

The monumental ‘St. Anne’ Prelude is one of Bach’s longest preludes for organ. Although the often paired up Fugue is in the same key, it is distinctly different to the prelude. The prelude is mixture of stately French and concertante Italian elements whilst the fugue portrays three subjects in succession, in three different metres and in three different combinations! The ‘St. Anne’ nickname was attached to the work due to its close association to the Croft hymn tune. This piece is dedicated to my good friend, @Rien Schalkwijk, who fell back in love with the organ when he heard this piece at a concert a few years ago. I recorded this on the little transept Marcussen organ, sampled by Sonus Paradisi for Hauptwerk.

I also recorded the Fugue here:

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