Great Eighteen Chorale Preludes by Johann Sebastian Bach


'''Great Eighteen Chorale Preludes''', BWV 651-668, are a set of chorale preludes for organ prepared by Johann Sebastian Bach in Leipzig in his final decade (1740-1750), from earlier works composed in Weimar, where he was court organist. The works form an encyclopedic collection of large-scale chorale preludes, in a variety of styles harking back to the previous century, that Bach gradually perfected during his career. Together with the Orgelbüchlein, the Schübler Chorales and the third book of the Clavier-Übung, they represent the summit of Bach's sacred music for solo organ.