VATER UNSER

VATER UNSER

Published in 115 hymnals


Printable scores: PDF, Sibelius
Audio files: MIDI, Recording

Tune Information

Meter: 8.8.8.8.8.8
Incipit: 55345 32155 47534 557U1
Key: c minor or modal
Source: Geistliche Lieder; Schumann's Gesangbuch, 1539; Strassburger Gesangbuch

Notes

Martin Luther's versification of the Lord's Prayer was set to this tune in Valentin Schumann's hymnal, Geistliche Lieder (1539); the tune, whose composer remains unknown, had some earlier use. The tune name derives from Luther's German incipit: “Vater unser im Himmelreich….” Because VATER UNSER found later use in British and Scottish psalters as a setting for Psalm 112, it acquired the alternate title OLD 112TH in some hymnals.

Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) used this tune in his St. John Passion (1724)–from which the Psalter Hymnal gets its harmonization–and in Cantatas 90,101, and 102, among others. Bach also wrote organ preludes on the melody. Felix Mendelssohn arranged a famous organ treatment on this tune in his Sixth Organ Sonata. One of the classic chorales, VATER UNSER features phrases grouped into three long lines. Use solid organ tone and sing in harmony if resources permit.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1042
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #412
Text: Before Thee, God, Who Knowest All
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #413
Text: Before Thy Throne, O God, We Kneel
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #3840
Text: Lord Jesus, in the Days of Old
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #4358
Text: My Savior! I Behold Thy Life
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #4880
Text: O God, Most Holy Are Thy Ways
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #5095
Text: O Lord of Hosts, Who Didst Upraise
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The Cyber Hymnal #5446
Text: Our Father, Thou in Heaven Above
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
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The Cyber Hymnal #6483
Text: Th' Abyss of Many a Former Sin
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
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The Cyber Hymnal #6678
Text: Thou Hidden Love of God
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
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The Cyber Hymnal #8195
Text: With Reverend Awe, Tremendous Lord
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
The Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of the Old and New-Testament: faithfully translated into English metre: for the use, edification, and comfort of the saints...especially in New-England (25th ed) #T8a
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #208
Text: Our Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #562
Text: Our Father, Clothed with Majesty
The United Methodist Hymnal #414
Text: Thou Hidden Love of God

Instances

Instances (1 - 54 of 54)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #297
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #413
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #438
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1042ScoreAudio
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #306Text
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #407
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #410TextPage Scan
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #479Text
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #608TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #327TextPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #452Page Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #602Page Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #383TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #493TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #499TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #530TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #573TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #746
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #747
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #575TextPage Scan
Les Chants du Pèlerin #43
Les Chants du Pèlerin #105
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #573TextFlexScoreAudio
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #919FlexScore
Lutheran Service Book #613TextPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #766Text
Lutheran Worship #234
Lutheran Worship #280
Lutheran Worship #430
Lutheran Worship #431
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #590
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #115BText
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #1044
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #208Text InfoTune InfoScoreAudio
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #562Text InfoTune InfoScoreAudio
Rejoice in the Lord #35TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #625Audio
Small Church Music #1383Audio
Small Church Music #2674Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #412TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #413TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #3840TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4358TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4880TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5095TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5446TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #6483TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #6678TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #8195TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #13
The United Methodist Hymnal #414TextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #550
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #39TextPage Scan
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #289
Include 61 pre-1979 instances



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