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Ronan Murray Video 9

Rónán Murray - Chorale Prelude on "Christus der ist mein Leben".

Ronan Murray Video 9
John Manners

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January 2, 2020

Rónán Murray - Chorale Prelude on "Christus der ist mein Leben".

Date: Jun 2017
Duration: 0:48
View Count: 127

This funeral hymn text, the opening line of which translates as “Christ, he is my life”, was set to music by Mechior Vulpius and later became the basis for a Cantata by J.S. Bach (BWV 95), composed in 1723. My simple chorale prelude is in homage to the Orgelbüchlein of that great composer. Here it’s played by me on the 1896 George Benson organ in St. Joseph’s Church, Glasthule, Dublin. The cantus firmus is played on the Swell Hautboy 8′ with tremulant, and the right hand accompanying figuration is on the Great Bourdon 8′. To provide a sort of pizzicato bass, I drew the Pedal Open Diapason and Violincello [sic].

For me, a curious coincidence is that Bach’s cantata on this chorale was premiered on the 12th of September – a date that is significant for my family as it marks several anniversaries.