Choosing works composed during a century ending around 1750, Philip T. D. Cooper explores the Thuringian sphere of composers and organists who were active in J. S. Bach’s day. With these selections, Cooper seeks to visit the context provided for Bach by his fellow Thuringians. The OHS National Convention visited the organ played on this recording in 1988 while the instrument was under construction at Chico State University in California. The builder Munetaka Yokota worked in a unique environment using university faculty, students and community members as assistants and employing techniques known to such builders as Gottfried Silbermann and Zacharias Hildebrandt. The stoplist of the organ resembles that of the Sophienkirche in Dresden built by Silbermann in 1720. The Chico organ has 35 stops on two manuals and pedal, with a 12-14 stop Brustwerk and Pedal prepared. Detailed registrations for the works performed are included in the CD booklet. Johann Pachelbel: Toccata in F, Wo gott sum Haus nicht gibt sein Gunst, Num komm der Heiden Heiland, Magnificat primi toni Johann Michael Bach: Wenn wir in höchsten Nöthen Sein Georg Caspar Wecker: .Magnificat primi toni Johann Krieger: Praeludium in a, Ricercar in a, Herr Christ der einig Gottes Sohn, Praeludium in C Nicolaus Vetter: Fuga in C Johann Heinrich Buttstedt: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm’ ich her; [attr.] Wie schön leuchtet der Morgnstern Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer: Ricercar: Komm Heiliger Geist mit deiner genad Johann Gottfried Walther: Partita: Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güt Georg Friedrich Kauffmann: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern; Es ist das Heil uns kommen her; Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren Johann Bernhard Bach: Ciaconna in B-Flat
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