NUN KOMM, DER HEIDEN HEILAND

Composer: Martin Luther

Luther, Martin, born at Eisleben, Nov. 10, 1483; entered the University of Erfurt, 1501 (B.A. 1502, M.A.. 1503); became an Augustinian monk, 1505; ordained priest, 1507; appointed Professor at the University of Wittenberg, 1508, and in 1512 D.D.; published his 95 Theses, 1517; and burnt the Papal Bull which had condemned them, 1520; attended the Diet of Worms, 1521; translated the Bible into German, 1521-34; and died at Eisleben, Feb. 18, 1546. The details of his life and of his work as a reformer are accessible to English readers in a great variety of forms. Luther had a huge influence on German hymnody. i. Hymn Books. 1. Ellich cristlich lider Lobgesang un Psalm. Wittenberg, 1524. [Hamburg Library.] This contains 8 German h… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Martin Luther
Meter: 7.7.7.7
Incipit: 11732 12112 34345
Key: g minor
Source: Enchiridion (Erfurt, 1524) (melody); Geystliche gesagk Buchleyn, Wittenberg, 1524
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

NUN KOMM DER HEIDEN HEILAND is a chorale derived from a chant. Among the simplest of the Lutheran repertoire, it is framed by identical lines–l and 4. Sing the entire hymn with antiphonal groups (the practice its original Latin author, Ambrose, strongly promoted). Sing some stanzas in unison and others in harmony. Always reserve stanza 7, the doxology, for a strong unison with full accompaniment. Play this music in two long lines to match the couplet structure of the textual lines.

The tune dates from a twelfth- or thirteenth-century Einsiedeln manuscript. Presumably by Johann Walther (PHH 398), the adaptation of the tune was published in the 1524 Erfurt Enchiridia. Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) used the tune for preludes in the Clavierübung and Orgelbüchlein and in his cantatas 36 and 62.

The harmonization in the Psalter Hymnal comes from Seth Calvisius's Hymni Sacri (1594). Originally named Seth Kalwitz, Calvisius (b. Gorsleben, Thuringia, Germany, 1556; d. Leipzig, Germany, 1615) became known as the leading music theoretician of his time. He was educated at the universities of Helmstedt and Leipzig and spent much of his life teaching and writing about music history and theory. He taught at the Fürstenschule in Schulpforta from 1582 to 1594 and at the University of Leipzig from 1594 until his death. He also served as cantor at several churches. In addition to his theoretical work, Calvisius wrote psalm and hymn tunes and anthems, and he edited the first hymn book published in Leipzig, Harmonia cantionum ecclesiasticarum (1597).

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1093
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #3387
Text: John in Vision Saw the Day
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #3650
Text: Let the Earth Now Praise the Lord
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #5103
Text: O Lord Jesus, Lamb of God
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #5912
Text: Savior of the Heathen, Known
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #5923
Text: Savior of the Nations, Come
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #336
Text: Savior of the Nations, Come

Instances

Instances (1 - 47 of 47)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #221
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #11
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1093ScoreAudio
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #2Text
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #28TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #90
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #90TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #165TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #263
Gather (3rd ed.) #421
Gather Comprehensive #334TextPage Scan
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #348Page Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #55Text InfoAudio
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #102Text InfoAudio
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #54Text
Les Chants du Pèlerin #100
Les Chants du Pèlerin #144
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #74Audio
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #643FlexScoreAudio
Lutheran Service Book #332Text
Lutheran Service Book #352TextPage Scan
Lutheran Worship #13
Lutheran Worship #33Text
Moravian Book of Worship #265Text
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #14TextPage Scan
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #7A
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #336Text InfoTune InfoScoreAudio
Rejoice in the Lord #189TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #2323Audio
Small Church Music #2324Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #3387TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #3650TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5103TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5912TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5923TextScoreAudio
The New Century Hymnal #64Text
The United Methodist Hymnal #214
The Worshiping Church #138
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #295
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #209
Worship (3rd ed.) #372Page Scan
Worship (3rd ed.) #474
Worship (4th ed.) #388
Worship (4th ed.) #533
Worship (4th ed.) #870
Worship and Rejoice #168
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #117
Include 30 pre-1979 instances



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