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Homilius (1714-85) was a pupil of J.S. Bach, subsequently becoming organist of the Silbermann organ in the Frauenkirche, Dresden, from 1742 to 1755. A composer of some 60 motets, 180 cantatas, 11 oratorios and three Passions, his 38 chorale preludes (all included here) are heavily influenced by Bach’s ‘Leipzig’ collection. Homilius’s style lies between Bach and the late 18th century, with emphasis on Italian ritornelli, trios and fugues, though not the ornamented solo chorales familiar in Bach’s Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland. Vocal performances of five chorales are included, but pitch and tuning are rather too approximate for a recording.

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