by Auke Jongbloed

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Johann Peter Kellner, Präludium und Fuge, C dur Johann Peter Kellner (1705 – 1772) was a German organist and composer. He was the father of Johann Christoph Kellner. It is known that he knew Johann Sebastian Bach, though it is not known whether he was taught by him. He made many manuscript copies of keyboard and organ works of Bach. These often are the earliest or only source of these works. An intriguing theory is that he and not Bach composed the famous toccata and fugue in d minor. This piece is a pleasant Prelude and Fugue by Johann Peter Kellner. Since it has no pedal part it can be played on harpsichord as well as on organ. The fugue is one of the better fugues of Johann Peter Kellner. That's probably because Kellner sticks to a pseudo three voice texture, that in reality forms a largely two voice fugue. And Kellner has no problem with virtuosic two voice writing. The work has not a lot of depth, but is a pleasure to play. The recording was done with the Hauptwerk software and the sampleset the Transept organ in the Laurenskerk, Rotterdam, made by Sonus Paradisi. Score available here: