This work is an arrangement by Walther of a concerto composed by Giulio Taglietti (Brescia, perhaps 1660 - Brescia, 1718), Italian composer and violinist.
Johann Gottfried Walther (18 September 1684 – 23 March 1748) was a German music theorist, organist, composer, and lexicographer of the Baroque era.
Walther was born at Erfurt. Not only was his life almost exactly contemporaneous to that of Johann Sebastian Bach, he was the famous composer's cousin.
Walther was most well known as the compiler of the Musicalisches Lexicon (Leipzig, 1732), an enormous dictionary of music and musicians. Not only was it the first dictionary of musical terms written in the German language, it was the first to contain both terms and biographical information about composers and performers up to the early 18th century.
Walther was the music teacher of Prince Johann Ernst von Sachsen-Weimar. As an organ composer, Walther became famous for his organ transcriptions of orchestral concertos by contemporary Italian and German masters. He made 14 transcriptions of concertos by Albinoni, Gentili, Taglietti, Giuseppe Torelli, Vivaldi and Telemann. These works were the models for Bach to write his famous transcriptions of concertos by Vivaldi and others. On the other hand, Walther as a city organist of Weimar wrote exactly 132 organ preludes based on Lutheran chorale melodies. Some free keyboard music also belongs to his legacy.
I intended this to be a demonstration of more "Baroque" registrations, so, you will need to be the judge of my success. I think the sounds are attractive, and the last movement will show this grand organ at it's "most Baroque."
You may recall that I mentioned that ALL the mixtures, with the exception of the 2 on the Positif MUST be used with 16' manual stops, or a "false bass" occurs, because of the composition of the mixtures.
The registrations and times of the individual movements are given in the First Comment.
A likeness of Walther is attached below.