Composer: Stuart Dauermann

Dr. Stuart Dauermann (b. 1944) was born in Brooklyn, New York, into a Conservative Jewish family. Music was Stuart's first chosen career, and it was in his second year as an undergraduate majoring in Music Theory at the Manhattan School of Music that he was invited to a discussion group where he began investigating the Newer Testament, only to discover that the Newer Testament was investigating him! So it was that in 1962 he became convinced that Yeshua of Nazareth is the Messiah of Israel and the Nations. By the mid-1960’s, Stuart recognized he was being drawn to invest his life in interpreting Yeshua to the Jewish community. First as a volunteer, and later as a professional, he became involved in devising and pursuing fresh approache… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Stuart Dauermann (1975)
Meter: Irregular
Incipit: 51232 15123 21755
Key: e minor or modal
Copyright: © 1975, Lillenas Publishing Co.


The Trees of the Field

You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace;
the mountains and the hills will break forth before you;
there'll be shouts of joy, and all the trees of the field
will clap, will clap their hands!
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands,
the trees of the field will clap their hands,
the trees of the field will clap their hands
while you go out with joy.

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The song's popularity is no doubt due to the Jewish-style music by Stuart Dauermann (b. Brooklyn, NY, 1944). Both text and tune were written for the Liberated Wailing Wall, the touring singing group of Jews for Jesus. It was first published in Scriptures to Sing (Lillenas, 1975). The infectious tune with its syncopations and hand clapping makes it a winner among contemporary Scripture choruses. Sing "The Trees of the Field" in unison at a good tempo on a half-note pulse. Use stringed instruments (guitars, violins), tambourines, hand clapping, and even some foot stomping! It may well be sung more than once, perhaps the second time (or with the additional stanza above) at a slightly faster tempo.

Dauermann was a senior staff missionary and music director of Jews for Jesus from 1973-1989; he also directed the Liberated Wailing Wall for five years. Educated in music theory (BA) and music education (M.M.) at the Manhattan School of Music, he also completed a master's degree in missiology at Fuller Theological Seminary in 1992. His songs appear on ten different record albums and have been published in various songbooks by Lillenas Publishing and Jews for Jesus. Dauermann currently serves on the staff of the A Havat Zion Messianic Synagogue, Beverly Hills, California.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook


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