The Orgelbüchlein Project: a 21st-century com

Volume 4: Christian Life and Conduct (Chorales 87–113)

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The Orgelbüchlein Project is a collective composition project aiming to complete Bach's unfinished manuscript known as 'Orgelbüchlein'. In the 'Little Organ Book', Bach laid out a complete hymnal of short organ chorales, 164 in all, but only completed 46 of them. Why the remaining 118 were left as blank pages, with only a title at the head, remains a mystery, but they inspired organist William Whitehead to found the Orgelbüchlein Project, in which contemporary composers are invited to contribute a piece to completing the collection. 

The resulting collection, to be published in eight volumes, represents a cross-section of the most interesting composers at work today across Europe. 

More information about this project is available at

List of composers

  • Nigel Allcoat
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Sally Beamish
  • Christian von Blohn
  • Timothy Byram-Wigfield
  • John Butt
  • Stephen Hough
  • Justė Janulytė
  • Simon Johnson
  • Jonas Jūrkunas
  • Daniel Kidane
  • Till Alexander Körber
  • Ronny Krippner
  • David Matthews
  • Nico Muhly
  • Anthony Powers
  • Tarik O’Regan
  • Roxanna Panufnik
  • Poul Ruders
  • Sven-David Sandström
  • Robert Saxton
  • Peter Shepherd
  • Andrew Synnott
  • Zsigmond Szathmáry
  • William Whitehead


Additional Information

Item Number: EP73145
Format: Sheet Music
Number of Pages: 156
Publication Date: 15/11/2017
ISMN: 9790577014982
Format: 303 x 232
Instrumentation: Organ Solo

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