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Commissioned Chorales

Chorales on this page have been commissioned by the Orgelbüchlein Project, with help from various sponsors.
Click title to download score or find information about where it can be obtained. Peters Edition have begun issuing the ‘The Orgelbüchlein Project’, starting with Volume 4 (http://www.edition-peters.com/product/the-orgelbuchlein-project%3A-a-21st-century-com/ep73145)

Copyright belongs to the composer of each piece, unless already published, in which case please see Peters Edition for copyright details.

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Christmas
6 Lob sei Gott in des Himmels Thron

Composer: Jeremy Thurlow
World première: Gregory Drott, Chapel of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 25th November 2010.
Permission granted for performances but not for recordings. The composer would be glad to hear of any performances on this email address: jrt26@cam.ac.uk
Style: Spiky, rhythmic and fun, added-note harmony, with the chorale melody in the pedals.

Passiontide
28 O Jesu, wie ist dein Gestalt   Extract   LISTEN HERE

Composer: Jacques Pichard [sponsored by the Festival Toulouse les Orgues] 
World première: William Whitehead, Temple du Salin, Toulouse, 8th October 2014.
Style: Atonal, some sections in free rhythm, others measured. Tune presented in canon, though with chromatic alterations. Christological symbolism in some of the pitch classes.

29 O Traurigkeit, O Herzeleid (first two bars by Bach)

Composer: Jeremy Coleman
World première: Simon Bland, Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge, 13th March, 2011.
Style: Continues the incipit by Bach, in the same style.

Composer: Elena Langer [sponsored by Liz and Albert Goh]
World première: tbc

See also the compositions by Zoltán Göncz and Burkhard Kinzler. The latter piece, continuing the torso in Kinzler’s own style not Bach pastiche, is available at Swiss Music Edition (www.musicedition.ch). 

30 Allein nach dir, Herr Jesu Christ, verlanget mich

Composer: David Maw [sponsored by St Matthew’s Church, Northampton]
World première: Richard Pinel, St Matthew’s, Northampton, 25th September 2016.

31 O wir armen Sünder

Composer: John Caldwell [sponsored by Merton College, Oxford]
World première: William Whitehead, Merton College Passiontide Festival, 31st March 2012.
Permission granted for performances but not for recordings. The composer would be glad to hear of any performances at
john.caldwell@music.ox.ac.uk
Style: Contrapuntal, gently tonal or modal. A double canon.

32 Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen  LISTEN HERE

Composer: Gabriel Jackson [sponsored by Merton College, Oxford]
World première: William Whitehead, Merton College Passiontide Festival, 31st March 2012.
Style: Ornamental chorale (melody in right hand). Tonal, spacious and emotive.

 33 Nun gibt mein Jesus gute Nacht

Composer: Peter Planyavsky [sponsored by Nick Bland and Vanessa Ashbee]
World première: William Whitehead, King’s College, Cambridge, Easter Monday 2018, as part of Kings Easter Festival. http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/easter

Ascension
40 Gen Himmel aufgefahren ist

Composer: Edward Higginbottom
World première: Steven Grahl, Peterborough Cathedral, 13th July 2018. Part of The Big Bach Walk.https://www.oundlefestival.org.uk/2-uncategorised/208-the-big-bach-walk-2018

41 Nun freut euch, Gottes Kinder, all

Composer: Francis Jackson [sponsored by Jonathan Allsopp and Janelle Lucyk)
World Premiere: Jonathan Allsopp, Durham Cathedral, 18th May 2016

Pentecost
42 Komm, Heiliger Geist, erfüll die Herzen deiner Gläubigen.

Composer: Piet Kee [sponsored by the RCO]
World première: Martin Baker, 29th November, 2017, Westminster Cathedral.

43 Komm Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott

Composer: David Franke [sponsored by the IAO London Organ Day, with assistance from David Wakefield and Philip and Jane Bell]
World première: Tom Bell, London Organ Day, 4th March 2017

45 Nun bitten wir den Heilgen Geist

Composer: 
World première: tbc

46 Spiritus Sancti gratia or Des Heilgen Geistes reiche Gnad

Composer: Naji Hakim [sponsored by James and Bernice Arthur, in celebration of Hugh Arthur’s birthday]
World première: William Whitehead, St Margaret of Antioch, Durham, 9th Feb 2016.
Style: Luscious, stately, chordal working of the theme.

47 O Heilger Geist, du Göttlichs Feur

Composer: Alan Mills
World première: William Whitehead, St Michael’s Cornhill, London. 11th June 2018, 1pm.

48 O Heiliger Geist, o heiliger Gott

Composer: Franz-Josef Stoiber [sponsored by BBC Radio 3]
World première: William Whitehead, 18th May 2017, BBC Radio 3 Evening Concert, St Giles, Cripplegate, London.

Trinity
52 Gott der Vater wohn uns bei

Composer: Sebastian Forbes [sponsored by Harrison and Harrison organs Ltd]
World premiere: Huw Williams, 1st November 2015, All Saints, Blackheath

53 Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr

Composer: David Briggs [sponsored by Exeter College, Oxford in memory of Rev. Tom Goode]
World premiere: 30th Jan 2015, Mark Shepherd, Exeter College chapel

54 Der du bist drei in Einigkeit

Composer: Alan Gibbs [sponsored by the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music]
World premiere: Nicholas Morris, Lincoln’s Inn chapel, 13th May, 2014

Composer: Soosan Lolavar [sponsored by The Oundle Festival]
World première: William Whitehead, St Mary’s Finedon, 7th July 2018. Part of The Big Bach Walk.https://www.oundlefestival.org.uk/2-uncategorised/208-the-big-bach-walk-2018

St John the Baptist
55 Gelobet sei der Herr, der Gott Israel (=Benedictus)

Composer: Zac Gvirtzmann
World premiere: William Whitehead, St Michael’s Cornhill, 11th June 2018.

Visitation of the BVM
56 Meine Seel erhebt den Herren

Composer: Judith Bingham [sponsored by Benjie Fraser and dedicated to Lady Antonia Pinter on the occasion of her 80th birthday, 27th August, 2012]
World première: William Whitehead, Toulouse les Orgues Festival, Temple du Salin, 18th October 2012.
Style: Dark and chromatic, poetic. Paints a picture, perhaps of the Virgin Mary waiting quietly in a dimly-lit room, just before the moment of Annunciation.

St Michael the Archangel
57 Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir LISTEN HERE

Composer: Iain Farrington
World première: Mark Williams, Chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge, 7th May, 2011.
Style: Splashy, extrovert, jazzy, technically demanding but lies under the hands.

58 Es stehn vor Gottes Throne

Composer: Grayston Ives [sponsored by New Paths festival, Beverley]
World première: Richard Pinel, Beverley Minster, 7th April, 2016.
Style: Bach texture with contemporary overtones. 

Feasts of the Apostles

59 Herr Gott, dich loben wir

Composer: Andrew Arthur
World première: William Whitehead, Chapel of Trinity Hall Cambridge, 22nd October 2016

60 O Herre Gott, dein göttlich Wort

Composer: Barnaby Martin [in association with Choir and Organ Magazine]
World première: Simon Johnson, St Paul’s Cathedral, 4th December 2016

The Ten Commandments
62 Mensch, willst du leben seliglich

Composer: Jo Marsh [sponsored by the RCO]
World première: Martin Baker, Westminster Cathedral, 29th November 2017

63 Herr Gott, erhalt uns für und für

Composer: Kalevi Aho [sponsored by the South Bank Centre and Shirley Stack]
World première: William Whitehead, Royal Festival Hall, 24th April 2018. 

https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/119553-william-whitehead-organ-2018

The Creed
64 Wir Glauben all’ an einen Gott

Composer: Jean-Baptiste Dupont
World première: William Whitehead, London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, Lincoln’s Inn chapel, 13th May 2013.
Style: Warm, tonal/post-tonal harmonisation of the melody. Ideal for French Romantic instrument. NB Some small corrections to the score: p2, 1st sys, RH last triplet is G flat (tied to G flat crotchet). Also stem missing on LH crotchet G natural. On next line, big round D is really a minim. On bottom line, erase slur from alto G sharp to G natural. Last bar of page, 4′ ped can be soft reed or 4′ principal. Tempo, a slow Larghetto.

Holy Baptism
66 Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam

Composer: Jonathan Dove [a BBC Proms commission]
World première: William Whitehead, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, August 20th 2017.

Penitence and amendment
67 Aus tiefer Not (extract) – full score available from www.grahamross.com

Composer: Graham Ross
World première: William Whitehead, London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, St Matthew’s Church, Westminster, 13th May 2010.
Style: Dark, gritty and chromatic. Builds to a spectacular climax.

Composer: Gerald Barry [sponsored by The Oundle Festival]
World première: William Whitehead, All Saints Northampton, 5th July 2018. Part of The Big Bach Walk.https://www.oundlefestival.org.uk/2-uncategorised/208-the-big-bach-walk-2018

68 Erbarm dich mein, O Herre Gott

Composer: James Francis Brown [sponsored by Ian Giddons, in memory of his parents]
World première: William Whitehead, Dunster Festival, May 27th 2018

69 Jesu, der du meine Seele

Composer: Alex Campkin [sponsored by Rugby School in celebration of their 450th anniversary]
World première: Rugby School Chapel, 26th November 2017

70 Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ

Composer: Lionel Rogg [sponsored by St John’s College, Cambridge]
World premiere: Edward Picton-Turbervill, Chapel of St John’s College Cambridge, 12th Feb 2015

71 Ach Gott und Herr

Composer: Alex Mason 
World premiere: William Whitehead, Lichfield Cathedral, 29th September 2017

Composer: James Lark [sponsored by The Very Reverend John Hall]
World première: tbc

72 Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut

Composer: Loïc Mallié [sponsored by The London Organ Day]
World premiere: William Whitehead, London Organ Day, Notre Dame, Leicester Square, 3rd March 2018

73 Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder

Composer: Jon Laukvik [sponsored by Dee and Andrew Prior]
World première: William Whitehead, Merton College Passiontide Festival, April 4th 2014
Style: Very slow harmonisation of the melody using contemporary jazz idiom.

74 Wo soll ich fliehen hin

Composer: Diana Burrell [sponsored by the London Bach Society]
World première: William Whitehead, November 7th 2016 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the LBS

75 Wir haben schwerlich

Composer: Francis Grier [sponsored by the Oundle Festival]
World première: 15th July 2015, Ann Elise Smoot, part of Oundle Festival.

Holy Communion

78 Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, Der von uns den Gotteszorn wand

Composer: David Coonan [sponsored by William Mansfield]
World première: Pierre Méa, Toulouse les Orgues, October 2013.
Style: Octatonic, brief climaxes through active semiquaver textures, subsiding to quiet.

Composer: Marcin Gregorius
World première: tbc

79 Gott sei gelobet und gebenedeiet  LISTEN HERE

Composer: Bryan Kelly [sponsored by the RCO]
World premiere: Stephen Disley, during RCO’s 150th anniversary celebratory Evensong, Southwark Cathedral, 8th March 2014
Style: Tune in pedals, processional, grand style.

80 Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt 

Composer: Guy Bovet [sponsored by Harrison and Harrison Organ Builders, Ltd.]
World premiere: Andrew Lumsden, Inaugural Recital on the new Harrison and Harrison organ, Edington Festival, August 23rd 2014
Style: Canon between left hand and pedals, tonal, close to Bach style but subtly diverging from it.

81 Jetzt komm ich als ein armer Gast

Composer: Benoît Mernier [sponsored by Graeme Kay]
World première: tbc

82 O Jesu, du edle Gabe LISTEN HERE

Composer: Axel Ruoff [sponsored by the German Embassy in the UK]
World premiere: William Whitehead, 16th November 2014, St Mary’s Church, Putney 

Style: Chromatic, tonal, tune in long notes in pedal, post-Reger?

83 Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ, Dass du das Lämmlein

Composer: Nils Henrik Asheim [sponsored by the Norsk Orgel Festival]
World première: William Whitehead, Stavanger Cathedral, 16th September, 2017

84 Ich weiss ein Blümlein, hübsch und fein 

Composer: Roderick Williams [sponsored by Judith Whitehead]
World première: William Whitehead, Dunster Festival, 27th May 2018

85 Nun freut euch, lieben Christen, gmein

Composer: Joseph Phibbs [sponsored by the Edington Festival]
World premiere: Stephen Farr, 21st August 2014, Edington Priory, within Edington Festival

Composer: Peter Holder [sponsored by The Very Reverend John Hall]
World première: tbc

86 Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren

Composer: Robert Quinney [sponsored by BBC Radio 3]
World première: William Whitehead, 18th May 2017, BBC Radio 3 Evening Concert, St Giles, Cripplegate, London.

The Common Weal
87 Wohl dem, der in Gottes Furcht steht

Composer: Simon Johnson [sponsored by Harrison and Harrison organs Ltd]
World Premiere: Hakadal church, Norway

Style: Trio de minimalisme

88 Wo Gott zum Haus nicht giebt sein Gunst

Composer: Robert Saxton [sponsored by St Catharine’s College, Cambridge]
World Premiere: William Whitehead, January 23rd, 2015, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge

Style: Tonal, tune descends from top part to pedal over four crescendoing panels.

Christian Life and Experience

89 Was mein Gott will, das gescheh allzeit

Composer: John Butt [sponsored by Dee and Andrew Prior]
World premiere: 19th July 2015, Ossiach Stiftskirche, Austria, played by William Whitehead

90 Kommt her zu mir, spricht Gottes Sohn 

Composer: David Matthews [Sponsored by the Finzi Trust]
World première: William Whitehead, Clifton Festival, June 7th 2014.
Style: Canon between top line and pedal, with extended traditional but piquant tonality.

92 Weltlich Ehr’ und zeitlich Gut

Composer: Nico Muhly [sponsored by Peter McGeary]
World première: James McVinnie, St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, May 20th 2015.
Style: 4 versus, quirky ‘de nos jours’

93 Von Gott will ich nicht lassen  LISTEN HERE

Composer: Stephen Hough [sponsored by Choir and Organ magazine]
World première: William Whitehead, Merton College Passiontide Festival, 4th April 2014

94 Wer Gott vertraut

Composer: Poul Ruders [sponsored by The Queen’s College, Oxford]
World première: Stephen Farr, Queen’s College, Oxford, June 13th 2015.
Style: Trio in contemporary style.

95 Wies Gott gefallt, so gefällt mirs auch

Composer: Ronny Krippner [sponsored by Graeme Kay]
World première: William Whitehead, First United Methodist, East Liverpool, OH, 18th November 2016

96 O Gott du frommer Gott

Composer: Anthony Powers [sponsored by the Three Choirs Festival]
World première: John Scott, Hereford Cathedral, July 30th 2015.

In time of trouble
97 In dich hab ich gehoffet Herr  LISTEN HERE

Composer: Eriks Esenvalds [sponsored by the Latvian Embassy]
World première: Colm Carey, Chapel of St Peter-ad-Vincula, Tower of London, Spitalfields Winter Festival, 8th December 2012.
Style: Calm and simple reharmonisation of the Chorale.   

Composer: Nigel Allcoat
World première: John Scott Whiteley, Hull City Hall, 4th May, 2017.

99 Mag ich Unglück nicht widerstahn

Composer: Zsigmond Száthmary [sponsored by Simon Williams, in memory of his father, Alan Williams]
World première: Simon Williams, St George’s Hanover Square, 17th January 2017

101 An Wasserflussen Babylon LISTEN HERE

Composer: Jonas Jūrkunas [sponsored by the Lithuanian Composers’ Union] 
World première: Colm Carey, Chapel of St Peter-ad-Vincula, Tower of London, Spitalfields Winter Festival, 8th December 2012.
Style: Perpetuum mobile, tune in pedals. Tonal.

102 Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz  LISTEN HERE

Composer: Juste Janulyte [sponsored by the Lithuanian Composers’ Union]
World première: Colm Carey, Chapel of St Peter-ad-Vincula, Tower of London, Spitalfields Winter Festival, 8th December 2012.
Style: Free-rythm, chord clusters. 

103 Frisch auf, mein Seel, verzage nicht 

Composer: Benet Casablancas  [sponsored by the Cervantes Institute, London] LISTEN HERE – full score available here: www.musicsalesclassical.com/composer/work/4155/48112
World première: Colm Carey, Chapel of St Peter-ad-Vincula, Tower of London, Spitalfields Winter Festival, 8th December 2012.
Style: ‘Tiento’ style. Post-Berg harmonies, sectional. 

Composer: William Whitehead [sponsored by Jeremy O’ Sullivan]
World première: Tom Bell, Royal Hospital School chapel, Holbrook, 13th May 2017, part of East of England Organ Day. 

104 Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid

Composer: Martyn Harry [sponsored by Harrison and Harrison organs]
World première: John Scott, Exeter Cathedral

Composer: Peter Shepherd/Timothy Byram-Wigfield/William Whitehead
World première: Richard Pinel, Edington Festival,  21st August 2017.

105 Ach Gott, erhör mein Seufzen und Wehklagen

Composer: Pavel Zemek Novak [sponsored by the Czech Centre, London]  LISTEN HERE
World première: Colm Carey, Chapel of St Peter-ad-Vincula, Tower of London, Spitalfields Winter Festival, 8th December 2012. 

Composer: Christian von Blohn
World première: Tom Winpenny, St Albans Abbey, 9th April 2017. 

106 So wünsch ich nun ein gute Nacht

Composer: Till Alexander Körber [sponsored by the Carinthian Summer festival]
World première: Ernst Wally, Ossiach Stiftskirche, Austria, 19th July 2015

 107 Ach lieben Christen, seid getrost

Composer: Sally Beamish  [sponsored by David Clasen]
World première: William Whitehead, Haddington Church, Lammermuir Festival, 10th September 2016

108 Wenn dich Unglück thut greifen an

Composer: Tarik O’ Regan  [sponsored by St John’s College, Cambridge]
World première: Joseph Wicks, St John’s College, Cambridge, 3rd July 2016

109 Keinen hat Gott verlassen

Composer: Sven-David Sandström  [sponsored by St John’s College, Cambridge]
World première: Joseph Wicks, St John’s College, Cambridge, 6th November 2016

110 Gott ist mein Heil, mein Hulf’ und Trost

Composer: Daniel Kidane  [sponsored by the Lucille Graham Trust]  LISTEN HERE
World première: William Whitehead, Spitalfields Festival, 13th December 2014
Style: Chorale melody in top or next-to top part, accompanied by gritty overlapping harmonies, homage to Ligeti’s Volumina style.

111 Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgethan, Kein einig

Composer: Andrew Synnott [sponsored by St John’s College, Cambridge]
World première: Glen Dempsey, St John’s College, Cambridge, 30th October 2016

112 Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgethan, Es bleibt gerecht

Composer: Roxanna Panufnik [sponsored by Martin Owen]
World première: James O’ Donnell, Westminster Abbey, 30th July 2013
Style: Chorale melody in the pedals. Rich harmonic texture above, with blue-note feeling.

a) Psalm Hymns
114 Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein

Composer: William Cole
World première: Ben Morris, 10th May, 2016, Lincoln’s Inn chapel. Part of London Festival of Contemporary Church Music.

115 Es spricht der Unweisen Mund wohl – winner of RCO Trustees prize competition

Composer: Stephen Barber

116 Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott

Composer: Cheryl-Frances-Hoad [a BBC Proms commission]
World première: William Whitehead, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, August 20th 2017.

117 Es woll uns Gott genädig sein

Composer: Gareth Moorcraft  [sponsored by the Lucille Graham Trust]
World première: William Whitehead, Clifton Festival, June 7th 2014
Style: In several sections, a meditation on the given tune. Tonal, with spiky extended harmony.  

Composer: Silvius von Kessel [sponsored by Martin Owen]
World première: tbc

118 Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit

Composer: Catherine Kontz [sponsored by the Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg]  LISTEN HERE
World premiere: William Whitehead, 19th October 2015, London Oratory.

119 Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns halt

Composer: Cecilia McDowall
World première: Ian Tindale, chapel of Selwyn College, Cambridge, 23rd January 2011.
Style: Plaintive and fluid minor key lyricism. Tune in pedals with lively scalic figurations in the manuals. 

120 Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern

Composer: Ernst Wally  [sponsored by the Carinthian Summer festival]
World première: The Composer, Ossiach Stiftskirche, Austria, 19th July 2015

b) God’s Holy Word
121 Wie nach einem Wasserquelle

Composer: John Scott Whiteley
World première: The Composer, York Minster, 2nd August, 2014
Style: Bach.

122 Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort

Composer: Daniel Saleeb [sponsored by the London Festival of Contemporary Church music]
World Premiere: William Whitehead, London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, Lincoln’s Inn chapel, 13th May 2013
Style: Wild, dramatic-rhetorical, followed by octatonic whirlwind, finally coming to becalmed exposition of chorale melody.

Composer: Daniel Saleeb [sponsored by Colin Menzies]
World première: William Whitehead, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, August 20th 2017.
Style: Smaller kernel prelude, emanating from the Toccata.

123 Lass mich dein sein und bleiben

Composer: Andrew Gant [sponsored by Rebecca Hirst and Patrick Hartley, in celebration of Canon Godfrey Hirst’s 50th anniversary of ordination]
World premiere: Tom Bell, at East of England Organ Day, 13th May 2017.

In time of War
124 Gieb Fried, O frommer, treuer Gott

Composer: Frederick Stocken [sponsored by Rebecca Hirst and Patrick Hartley, in celebration of their first wedding anniversary]
World première: William Whitehead, Bloomsbury Organ Day, 28th January 2017

125 Du Friedefurst, Herr Jesu Christ 

Composer: Ben Comeau [sponsored by London Festival of Contemporary Church Music]
World première: Ben Comeau, Lincoln’s Inn chapel, 1.15 pm, 12th May 2015.

Composer: Jörg Abbing [sponsored by Exeter College, Oxford]
World première: tbc

126 O grosser Gott von Macht

Composer: Gregory Rose [sponsored by London Festival of Contemporary Church Music]
World première: Doug Tang, 12th May 2018, part of London Festival of Contemporary Church Music.

Death and the Grave
127 Wenn mein Stündlein vorhanden ist

RCO student competition [premiered at RCO 150 diploma ceremony, Southwark Cathedral]. The winning entry, by Richard Gowers is available on the Orgelbüchlein Community pages. Recording, by Robert Smith, here.

128 Herr Jesu Christ, wahr Mensch und Gott.

Composer: João Vaz [sponsored by Martin Owen].  
World première: João Vaz, Westminster Abbey, 10th June 2018, supported by the Instituto Camões. 

129 Mitten wir im Leben sind

Composer: Hayo Boerema [sponsored by the Orgelbüchlein Project]
World première: William Whitehead, Laurenskerk, Rotterdam, 11th October 2015 

130 Alle Menschen müssen sterben

Composer: Robin Holloway [sponsored by Harrison and Harrison organs, Ltd, for the reopening of the King’s organ]
World première: Thomas Trotter, King’s College, Cambridge, 9th November, 2016.

Composer: Thomas Ospital [sponsored by the IAO London Organ Day]
World premiere: Thomas Ospital, 3rd March, 2018, Notre Dame Leicester Square.

132 Valet will ich dir geben

Composer: Rhian Samuel [sponsored by Hywel Williams, in memory of William Raymond Williams and Margaret Granwen Williams, née Samuel]
World premiere: Timothy Wakerell, February 22nd 2015 New College chapel, Oxford.

133 Nun lasst uns den Leib begraben

Composer: John Frandsen [commissioned with assistance from the Danish Embassy, London]   LISTEN HERE
World première: William Whitehead, Spitalfields Festival, 13th December, 2014
Style: Canon at the Tritone, keening harmonies 

134 Christus, der ist mein Leben – winner of RCO Trustees prize competition

Composer: Gerard Brooks

135 Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, O Herr

Composer: Alastair Putt [sponsored by the Friends of Christ Church, Oxford]
World premiere: Alexander Pott, March 31st 2015, Christ Church, Oxford. LISTEN HERE.

136 Auf meinen lieben Gott (extract) – full score available from www.gonzagamusic.co.uk LISTEN HERE

Composer: Giles Swayne
World première: Mark Williams, Chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge, 7th May, 2011.
Style: Joky rhythms/spiky harmonies. Right hand melody is accompanied by quirky chromatic scales in the left hand. 

137 Herr Jesu Christ, ich weiss gar wohl

Composer: James O’ Donnell  [sponsored by the chapel of Lincoln’s Inn, in memory of Sylvia]
World première: Lincoln’s Inn chapel, 6pm, 24th May 2017, as part of Chapel Choir concert.

138 Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güt

Composer: Louis Andriessen [sponsored by St John’s College, Cambridge]
World première: Joseph Wicks, Chapel of St John’s College, Cambridge, 11th March 2017

139 Herr [O] Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht

Composer: Geoffrey Webber [sponsored by Christopher Gunness]
World première: Geoffrey Webber, Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, 11th February 2017

140 Mein Wallfahrt ich vollendet hab

Composer: Joris Verdin [sponsored by the Royal College of Organists, in memory of John Scott]
World première: John Scott Whiteley, Southwark Cathedral, 12th March 2016.
Style: Minimal, tonal, perhaps redolent of Arvo Pärt.

141 Gott hat das Evangelium

Composer: Solfa Carlile [sponsored by Tom and Nikki Bell]
World prèmiere: Tom Bell, St Nicholas Pluckley, Kent, in celebration of 10 year anniversary of the Robin Jennings organ, 27th April 2018.

Composer: Philip Moore [sponsored by the Cathedral Organists Association]
World première: Charles Andrews, Temple Church, November 19th 2015.

142 Ach Gott, thu dich erbarmen

Composer: Matthew Sergeant [sponsored by Tom and Nikki Bell]
World première: Tom Bell, tbc

Morning hymns
143 Gott des Himmels und der Erden

Composer: Guy Olivier Ferla [sponsored by the festival Toulouse les Orgues]
World première: Pierre Méa, Musée des Augustins, Toulouse, October 2013

144 Ich dank dir, lieber Herre

Composer: Vincent Paulet [sponsored by the festival Toulouse les Orgues]  Extract.
World première: Pierre Méa, Musée des Augustins, Toulouse, October 2013

145 Aus meines Herzens Grunde

Composer: Thomas Daniel Schlee  [sponsored by the Austrian Cultural Council, London]
World première: Colm Carey, Chapel of St Peter-ad-Vincula, Tower of London, Spitalfields Winter Festival, 8th December 2012.
Style: Poly-tonal, based on G major, contrapuntal. Pedal has melody. 

146 Ich dank dir schon durch deinen Sohn

Composer: David Bednall [sponsored by Dee and Andrew Prior]
World première: William Whitehead, June 7th 2014, Clifton Festival
Style: French toccata style (?Cochereau?), tune in pedals, then in canon with RH top part.  

147 Das walt mein Gott

Composer: Matthew Martin  [sponsored by Father Peter McGeary]
World première: William Whitehead, April 4th 2014, Merton College Passiontide Festival
Style: Pre-Bach (?Scheidemann) style, tune in pedals at 4′ pitch.  

Evening hymns

148 Christ, der du bist der helle Tag

Composer: Ad Wammes  [sponsored by the Embassy of the Netherlands, London]
World première: William Whitehead, Westminster Cathedral Grand Organ Festival, 29th August, 2012.
Style: Tonal and minimalist.  

149 Christe, der du bist Tag und Licht 

Composer: Antony Pitts [sponsored by the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music]
World première: Thomas Allery, London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, Lincoln’s Inn chapel, 15th May 2012.
Style: Perpetuum mobile, extended tonal.   

Composer: Ulriche Boehme [sponsored by Karin Sigloch]

150 Werde munter, mein Gemüte

Composer: Dick Koomans  [sponsored by the Embassy of the Netherlands, London]
World première: William Whitehead, Westminster Cathedral Grand Organ Festival, 29th August, 2012.
Style: Bach (? Brahms) idiom. The tune is the same as for the choral piece, ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’.

151 Nun ruhen alle Wälder

Composer: Jacques van Oortmerssen  [sponsored by the Embassy of the Netherlands, London]. LISTEN HERE
World première: William Whitehead, Westminster Cathedral Grand Organ Festival, 29th August, 2012.
Style: Tonal and minimalist, tune in pedals, but also woven through the manual figuration.  

Grace at meals
152 Danket dem Herrn, denn er ist sehr freundlich

Composer: Paul Ayres [sponsored by Don Kennedy and David Blumlein]
World première: Richard Brasier, St Lawrence, Upminster, 31st October 2017. 

153 Nun lasst uns Gott, dem Herien

Composer: Simon Desbruslais
World première: John Scott Whiteley, Hull City Hall, 9th September 2017

154 Lobet den Herrn, denn er ist sehr freundlich

Composer: Thea Musgrave [sponsored by Graeme Kay, in memoriam Thomson Smillie]
World première: Martin Baker, Westminster Cathedral, 29th November 2017

155 Singen wir aus Herzensgrund

Composer: Joanna Ward [sponsored by Liz and Albert Goh]
World première: tbc

For good weather
156 Gott Vater, der du deine Sonn

Composer: Deborah Pritchard [sponsored by the Friends of Christ Church Oxford]
World première: March 31st 2015 at Christ Church Oxford, played by Clive Driskill-Smith.

Composer: Thierry Escaich [sponsored by the South Bank Centre]
World premiere: William Whitehead, 24th April, 2018. 

https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/119553-william-whitehead-organ-2018

The life eternal
157 Jesu, meines Herzens Freud

Composer: Thierry Escaich  [sponsored by the festival Toulouse les Orgues] LISTEN HERE
World première: William Whitehead, Toulouse les Orgues Festival, Temple du Salin, 18th October 2012.
Style: Mellifluous, lively, post-Duruflé fantasia.

Composer: Christopher Fox
World premiere: William Whitehead, Lichfield Cathedral, 29th September 2017  

158 Ach, was soll ich Sünder machen

Composer: Pierre Farago [sponsored by the festival Toulouse les Orgues] LISTEN HERE
World première: William Whitehead, Toulouse les Orgues Festival, Temple du Salin, 18th October 2012.
Style: Crystalline Webernian miniaturism.   

160 Ach, was ist doch unser Leben

Composer: Grégoire Rolland  [sponsored by Toulouse les Orgues] 
World première: William Whitehead, Toulouse les Orgues Festival, Temple du Salin, 8th October 2014.
Style: Tune in super-long notes in pedal. Dramatic, Affektvoll fff chords, with quartile harmony representing the chorale’s meaning.   

Composer: Errollyn, Wallen [sponsored by the South Bank Centre]
World premiere: William Whitehead, 24th April, 2018. https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/119553-william-whitehead-organ-2018

161 Allenthalben, wo ich gehe

Composer: Franz Danksagmüller  [sponsored by the Carinthian Summer Music Festival]
World première: Ernst Wally, 19th July, 2015, Ossiach Stiftskirche, Austria

162 Hast du denn, Jesu, dein Angesicht

Composer: Thomas Hyde  [sponsored by private donor]
World première: William Whitehead, Toulouse les Orgues Festival, Temple du Salin, 18th October 2012.
Style: Quirky style, reminiscent perhaps of Percy Grainger. Builds to an audacious, if tongue-in-cheek, climax.   

Composer: Andrew Keeling [sponsored by Liz and Albert Goh]
World première: William Whitehead, St Mary’s, Titchmarsh, 9th July 2018. Part of The Big Bach Walk.https://www.oundlefestival.org.uk/2-uncategorised/208-the-big-bach-walk-2018

163 Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig

Composer: Neil Cox [sponsored by Alastair Hutchinson]
World première: 12th February 2015, at St. John’s College, Cambridge, by Joseph Wicks.

Composer: Alec Roth [sponsored by The Oundle Festival]
World première: William Whitehead, St Lawrence, Towcester, 4th July 2018. Part of The Big Bach Walk.https://www.oundlefestival.org.uk/2-uncategorised/208-the-big-bach-walk-2018

164 Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele

Composer: Francis Pott  [sponsored by Andrew and Dee Prior]
World première: Pierre Mea, Toulouse les Orgues Festival, Musée des Augustins,  October 2013.
Style: English-feeling, gentle meditation on the chorale.

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