In this prelude the chorale melody is not smoothly integrated, rather it is an impostor to the conversation between the right hand and pedals. Gradually, however, it begins to influence the other parts, drawing them reluctantly into its more consonant sphere. The boxed text, with indications such as ‘Playfully’, ‘Unsure’ and ‘Rejecting’ give some idea of the intended mood of the conversation at any given point. They are also a homage to Ligeti’s Aventures, a piece which uses similar indications and was a vital inspiration to this work. To clarify exact durations of feathered beams I have indicated the duration (with a note-head) over which they should be played. The registration should remain broadly the same throughout.
Chorale Prelude ‘Warum Sollt’