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30 Short Chorale Preludes Op. 135a

By Max Reger

Piano organ
Composed by Max Reger (1873-1916). Edited by Michael Kube. Sheet Music. Paperbound. Henle Music Folios. TCL 2016 Grade: 2. Classical. Softcover. 40 pages. G. Henle #HN761. Published by G. Henle (HL.51480761).

Item Number: HL.51480761

ISBN 9790201807614. 9.25x12.25 inches.

Max Reger, the creator of forbiddingly difficult organ music, could also take a different tack. His Thirty Little Chorale Preludes are intended for semiprofessional organists always on the lookout for good organ chorales for use in Sunday church services. Reger selected the best-known tunes of his day from the Lutheran hymnal. Most of them are still in use today and form excellent additions to modern services. Michael Kube, in a detailed preface, draws a vivid picture of the composer and his superhuman creative powers.

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  • Reger: 23. Valet will ich dir geben op. 135a 
  • Reger: 3. Alles ist an Gottes Segen op. 135a 
  • Reger: 24. Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her op. 135a 
  • Reger: 6. Eins ist Not; ach Herr, dies Eine op. 135a 
  • Reger: 25. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme op. 135a 
  • Reger: 27. Was mein Gott will, das g'scheh allzeit op. 135a 
  • Reger: 11. Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend op. 135a 
  • Reger: 5. Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott op. 135a 
  • Reger: 9. Freu' dich sehr, o meine Seele op. 135a 
  • Reger: 7. Es ist das Heil und kommen her (Sei Lob und Ehr!) op. 135a 
  • Reger: 8. Es ist gewisslich an der Zeit op. 135a 
  • Reger: 22. O Welt, ich muss dich lassen op. 135a 
  • Reger: 1. Ach bleib mit deiner Gnade op. 135a 
  • Reger: 4. Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir op. 135a 
  • Reger: 26. Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan op. 135a 
  • Reger: 21. O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden (Herzlich tut mich verlangen) op. 135a 
  • Reger: 18. Nun danket alle Gott op. 135a 
  • Reger: 10. Groer Gott, wir loben dich op. 135a 
  • Reger: 17. Meinen Jesum lass' ich nicht op. 135a 
  • Reger: 12. Jerusalem, du hochgebaute Stadt op. 135a 
  • Reger: 14. Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier op. 135a 
  • Reger: 20. O Gott, du frommer Gott op. 135a 
  • Reger: 13. Jesus, meine Zuversicht op. 135a 
  • Reger: 28. Wer nur den lieben Gott l¯sst walten op. 135a 
  • Reger: 2. Allein Gott in der H÷h sei Ehr op. 135a 
  • Reger: 29. Wie sch÷n leucht't uns der Morgenstern op. 135a 
  • Reger: 30. Wunderbarer K÷nig op. 135a 
  • Reger: 19. O dass ich tausend Zungen h¯tte op. 135a 
  • Reger: 16. Macht hoch die T¾r op. 135a 
  • Reger: 15. Lobe den Herren, den m¯chtigen K÷nig der Ehren op. 135a 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 3

    Fr. Anthony Cekada
    West Chester OH
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • June 17, 2019 Practical, but uninspiring

    The settings are the sort of easy-to-sight-read, practical music that every organist should have on hand to fill in gaps during services. I didn't find them particularly inspiring, and I thought the treatments of the chorales were for the most part repetitious and formulaic. I can...

    't imagine actually planning in advance to play one of these at Mass or Vespers.

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  • 5

    J. Nichols
    Jackson MS
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  • April 22, 2012 A Delightful Volume

    Anyone who admires G. Henle usually admires the editions because of their pristine and concise typeset and musicology. These works are a delight to play and read. I would recommend this to anyone who is pursuing a high aesthetic in music.

    16 of 26 people found this review helpful.
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  • 4

    Richard Bunbury
    Boston, MA
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  • March 29, 2007 An organist's "must have"

    I honestly don't know how I have managed to get along for so many years without this collection. It consists of commonly-used chorales that Reger set in a very playable and almost sight-readable style, but are still quite sophisticated and Reger-esque.

    36 of 57 people found this review helpful.
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