Composer: Heinz Werner Zimmermann

Heinz Werner Zimmermann (born 11 August 1930 in Freiburg im Breisgau) is a German composer. Zimmermann had his first composition instruction from 1946 to 1948 with Julius Weismann and studied from 1950 to 1954 in Heidelberg with Wolfgang Fortner as well as at the Kirchenmusikalisches Institut Heidelberg (Institute for Church Music) there. After passing his examinations at the Freiburg Conservatory under Harald Genzmer, he became Fortner’s successor in Heidelberg. Here he maintained close contacts with the musicologist Thrasyboulos Georgiades, whose rhythm and language studies influenced him the most, along with his occupation with American spirituals and jazz. From 1963 to 1976 Heinz Werner Zimmermann was director of the Spandauer Kirc… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Heinz Werner Zimmermann (1971)
Incipit: 12334 56717 65551
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: Text and music © 1972, Concordia Publishing House.


Have No Fear, Little Flock

Have no fear, little flock,
have no fear, little flock,
for the Father has chosen
to give you the kingdom;
have no fear, little flock!
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Composed by Zimmermann in 1971, LITTLE FLOCK features the syncopations typical of his jazz-flavored church music. Sing in unison accompanied by bright organ tones with crisp articulation to help carry the syncopations. Play on manuals only and add pedal for the final short phrase. Or use two manuals and pedal throughout, possibly alternating with the published SATB setting in Five Hymns. Do not rush!

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook


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