Three weeks ago I published the score of a choral prelude by Johann Gottfried Walther, based on the melody of "Nun komm der Heiden Heiland" (http://partitura.org/index.php/johann-gottfried-walther-nun-komm-der-heiden-heiland-vers-1/
). I wrote that even though Walther's composition seems simple, it is not easy to write music that flows so naturally. The few times I've tried to write something similar I failed miserably. Inspired by this particular choral prelude I decided to try it once again. And while doing that making some of my thought processes explicit by writing about it, in the hope that it helps me, and who knows, other people who are interested in this kind of stuff as well.
I described my process in a series of three articles:
And the result is three newly composed three part choral preludes to "Nun komm der Heiden Heiland". They are closely modeled on Walther's original and free to download from my website and free to use use, under the conditions of the Creative Commons license.
As there are three, I arrenged them as a sort of mini sonata, in the familiar order fast, slow, fast. Well, sort of fast. They're not exactly virtuoso pieces...
Score available here: http://partitura.org/index.php/auke-jongbloed-nun-komm-der-heiden-heiland