Delphin Strungk, Lass mich dein sein und bleiben

After Telemann's prelude to "Herzlich tut mich verlangen" is Strungk's prelude to "Lass mich dein sein und bleiben" the next composition in this mini series of choral preludes based on the same melody.

Delphin Strungk (or Strunck) (1600 or 1601 – 1694) was a German composer and organist.Nothing is known about Strungk’s early years. The first that is known of him is in 1631, when he became organist of the Marienkirche in Wolfenbüttel. In 1634 he became courtorganist in Celle and subsequently, in 1637, he became organist at the Marienkirche in Braunschweig. He remained till his death in Braunschweig.

Strungk’s surviving compositions include six pieces of church music for voices and instruments, now in the collection of the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Preussischer Kulturbesitz. There are also surviving organ works; six chorale preludes and fantasias of a high quality survive in tablature, and are now in the collection of the Ratsbücherei, Lüneburg. Two chorale preludes are copied by Johann Gottfried Walther and can be found in manuscript 22541 III, owned by the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.

The prelude to "Lass mich dein sein und bleiben" is one of these two compositions from Walther's manuscript. The first three bars are a fine example of the quality of Strungk's writing: the soprano voice plays the first phrase of the chorale melody, accompanied in the tenor voice by a dimunition of the same phrase and in the tenor by a dimunition of the dimunition. Great writing, great music.

The recording was done with the Hauptwerk software and the sampleset, made by Sonus Paradisi, of the Hinsz organ in the Reformed church in the Midwolda (


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