Lothar Graap (b. 1933) — Such, wer da will, ein ander Ziel (Thema und Variationen), GWV 725 (2014) for organ
This set of theme and variations is based on the hymn “Such, wer da will, ein ander Ziel” (“Search, whoever wants, for a different goal”) with a tune by Johann Stobäus (1613) and a text by Georg Weissel (1623). The hymn was written originally for the third Sunday of Advent. (Weissel had written the famous text “Macht hoch die Tür” the week before, for the second Sunday of Advent, in celebration of his new post as minister of Altrossgarten Church in Köngisberg.) The text is inspired by the gospel for the third Sunday of Advent, Matthew 11:2–10.
Lothar Graap (b. 1933) is a German composer and church musician. Educated at the conservatory in Görlitz, his primary teachers were Eberhard Wenzel and Hans Schneider. He also studied with Helmut Bornefeld and Siegfried Reda. In 1954 he began a career as a professional church musician in Niemegk, and he pursued this work at several positions until his retirement in 1998 from Cottbus, where he had been cantor at the Klosterkirche. By the time of his retirement, he had performed and directed more than 1000 vespers services and concerts in Cottbus. Graap has composed more than 700 compositions in many forms, with a particular focus on organ and choral music.
Published by Edition Dohr in "Zwei Partiten über Volksliedmelodien"