The SPLC Orgelbüchlein Project

 

 
 
 

 

Our organist Bryan Chuan is undertaking a project to record the entire Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book) by J.S. Bach and share it with the congregation and general public as a series of weekly devotionals, contemplations, or however you would like to enjoy the music! Each recording is prefaced by a chorale with text and melody to illuminate the meaning behind each setting and short program notes with musings about the music.

 

The Orgelbüchlein is a landmark in the Lutheran liturgical tradition, consisting of 45 brief and intricate settings of chorale melodies. Musicologist Russell Stinson wrote that the Orgelbüchlein is “simultaneously a compositional treatise, a collection of liturgical organ music, an organ method, and a theological method. These four identities are so closely intertwined that it is hard to know where one leaves off and another begins.”