Arranger: Richard W. Hillert; Composer: Bartholomäus Helder
Published in 2 hymnals

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Arranger: Richard W. Hillert

Richard Hillert was born in Granton, Clark County, Wis., on March 14, 1923. There he attended parochial and public schools and later enrolled at Concordia Teachers College (now Concordia University Chicago), River Forest, where he received the Bachelor of Science degree in Education. He served as teacher and music director for parishes in St. Louis, Mo., Wausau, Wis., and Chicago and Westchester, Ill. He received both the Master of Music and the Doctor of Music degrees in composition from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. His teachers included Matthew Nathaniel Lundquist, Anthony Donato, Alan Stout, Arrand Parsons, Emil Nolte, and John Ohl. He studied composition with the Italian composer, Goffredo Petrassi, at Aaron Copland’s Berks… Go to person page >

Composer: Bartholomäus Helder

Helder, Bartholomäus, son of Johann Helder, Superintendent in Gotha, became, in 1607, schoolmaster at Friemar, and in 1616, pastor of Bemstadt, near Gotha, where he died of the pestilence, Oct. 28, 1635 (Koch, iii. 114, 115, 248; Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, xi. 684, 685, &c). Helder published two works (both in the Royal Library, Berlin). (1) Cymbalum Genethliacum. Erfurt, 1615 ; and (2) Cymbalum Davidicum. Erfurt, 1620. The first contains 15 Christmas and New Year Hymns, and the second 25, mostly Psalm versions. In the Cantionale Sacrum, Gotna, 1646-48, over 50 hymns are given with his name as composer of the music and without definite ascription as regards the words. Two of these have passed into English, viz.:— i. In meiner No… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Arranger: Richard W. Hillert
Composer: Bartholomäus Helder
Key: D Major
Copyright: Setting: © 1968 Richard Hillert. Used by permission.


Speak Forth Your Word, O Father

Speak forth your word, O Father,
your faithful people plead;
the nations starve and perish
and cannot name their need;
O Lord, you have so made us
that not alone by bread,
but by your word of comfort
our hunger must be fed.

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Down from the mount of glory


Small Church Music #2989
Text: Ich Freu Mich
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