ES KOMMT EIN SCHIFF GELADENHarmonizer: Emily R. Brink (1985)
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|Harmonizer:||Emily R. Brink (1985)|
|Source:||Andernacher Gesangbuch, 1608|
|Copyright:||Harmonization © 1987, CRC Publications|
Our lives are filled with sorrows,
the joys are simply told;
yet through all generations
you, Lord, kept us consoled.
The tune ES KOMMT EIN SCHIFF GELADEN was originally part of a German Maria-lied, or love song to Mary. The tune became a carol when it was set to a text attributed to the mystic Johannes Tauler (around 1300-1361). It was published with Tauler's text in the Roman Catholic Andernacher Gesangbuch of 1608. Psalter Hymnal editor Emily R. Brink (PHH 158) composed the harmonization in 1985 on the birthday of one of her sisters, whose husband was missing at that time and later found murdered.
This Renaissance melody begins in triple meter but then changes to duple at the midpoint–the only time this happens in the entire Psalter Hymnal! The tune's meter requires keeping a constant two pulses per bar, both in the triple- and duple-meter sections. Sing in unison with sturdy organ support, or try having a choir sing unaccompanied. If this tune is unfamiliar, consider the alternate tune at 565 or sing the text in two long stanzas to a longer tune (7676D).
Seerve1d wants to have this hymn sung at his own funeral. But he has requested that a New Orleans jazz-style interlude be improvised between stanzas 3 and 4 in the tradition of African American funerals in the southern United States. In those funerals music is traditionally played en route to the cemetery, but upbeat, joyful jazz is played as the mourners return home to emphasize their sure belief in a Christian resurrection.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (1 - 3 of 3)||Tune name||First Line||Composer||Meter||Incipit||Key||Source|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #491||ES KOMMT EIN SCHIFF GELADEN||Our lives are filled with sorrows||Emily R. Brink||76 76||d minor||<i>Andernacher Gesangbuch</i>, 1608|
|The Cyber Hymnal #2876||ES KOMMT EIN SCHIFF||I lift My banner, saith the Lord||Unknown||11122 34554 41233||d minor or modal|
|The Cyber Hymnal #9894||ES KOMMT EIN SCHIFF||Down headlong from their native skies||d minor or modal||German, 1608|