Text known to Bach (Weimar 1713):

Ach Gott/ wie manches Hertzeleid
begegnet mir zu dieser Zeit/
der schmale Weg ist Trübsals voll/
den ich zum Himmel wandeln soll.


O God, how much heartache
I encounter in this time.
The narrow way is full of misery,
on which I shall march towards heaven.

Melody: ? Königsberg Manuscript 1602, adapted Christian Bergen – Dresden 1608
Text: Martin Moller (1547-1606)

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The Print Collection

The setting of chorale 104 was written in a collaborative exercise by Peter Shepherd, William Whitehead and Timothy Byram-Wigfield.
There is a longer setting, commissioned by Harrison and Harrison Ltd and composed by Martyn Harry, which we hope to publish in Orgelbüchlein Extended.

Volume 4 was published in 2017 by Edition Peters. Copies may still be available via their website. The Orgelbüchlein Project plans to publish a revised Volume 4 in due course.

Orgelbüchlein Extended

A selection of alternative and more extended compositions commissioned to complement The Print Collection. These are available for download only. To view available pieces and purchase, click HERE

Orgelbüchlein Community

A selection of compositions submitted from all around the world.