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Wir glauben all an einen Gott, LV 15

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (09/02/22)
Composer: Zachow, Friedrich Wilhelm
Sample Producer: Prospectum
Sample Set: St. Peter und Paul Weissenau
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Baroque
Over the next few days, I'll be uploading a few pieces that I'm offering as a source of "example and encouragement" to a friend looking for some possible repertoire.

Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow or Zachau (14 November 1663, Leipzig – 7 August 1712, Halle) was a German musician and composer of vocal and keyboard music. He probably received his training from his father, the piper Heinrich Zachow, one of Leipzig's town musicians in the Alta capella, and maybe from Johann Schelle, a leading German composer, when the family moved to Eilenburg. As Kantor and organist of Halle's Market Church in 1684 he succeeded Samuel Ebart. During his time at Halle he became particularly renowned as a composer of dramatic cantatas.

Zachow was the teacher of Gottfried Kirchhoff, Johann Philipp Krieger and Johann Gotthilf Ziegler, but is best remembered as George Frideric Handel's first music teacher. It is said that after Zachow died in 1712, Handel became a benefactor to his widow and children in gratitude for his teacher's instruction.

"Wir glauben all an einen Gott" (We all believe in one God) is a Lutheran hymn, a paraphrase of the creed, by Martin Luther and first published in Johann Walter's chorale hymnal "Eyn geystlich Gesangk Buchleyn," 1524.

For this performance, I used the 16' plenum, but it's quite "boomy" in effect. The Pedal only couples to the Great on the real organ, so, that's the way I use it in all my uploads with this very fine sample set.

The listening perspective is quite distant from the organ, allowing the room's acoustics to blend the colors and "refine" the sounds.

The score is attached below, as well as a portrait of Zachow, several photos of the Market Church in Halle are also attached, as well as the original page showing the Chorale from Walther's hymnal.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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