Alongside his Chaconne for Violin, the ten Chorale Preludes for Organ are Busoni’s best-known Piano transcriptions of works by J. S. Bach. Whilst Busoni envisaged the Chaconne for concert performance, the Chorale Preludes are transcribed in a 'chamber-music style'.
The Preludes in this book are of varying levels of difficulty, some are suitable for intermediate level players and others for the more advanced pianist.
This Henle Urtext Edition is Busoni's definitive version with valuable fingering suggestions by Marc-André Hamelin. The appendix contains an eleventh chorale prelude, Busoni’s transcription of “Aus tiefer Not”, which is published here for the very first time. With regard to performing its six-part setting, the composer himself spoke of an “extreme performance limit” – but why not judge for yourself?