VATER UNSER

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: 8.8.8.8.8.8
Incipit: 55345 32155 47534
Key: d minor or modal
Source: Geistliche Lieder; Schumann's Gesangbuch, 1539

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, 1987

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1042
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #412
Text: Before Thee, God, Who Knowest All
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The Cyber Hymnal #413
Text: Before Thy Throne, O God, We Kneel
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The Cyber Hymnal #3840
Text: Lord Jesus, in the Days of Old
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The Cyber Hymnal #4358
Text: My Savior! I Behold Thy Life
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The Cyber Hymnal #4880
Text: O God, Most Holy Are Thy Ways
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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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The Cyber Hymnal #6483
Text: Th' Abyss of Many a Former Sin
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The Cyber Hymnal #6678
Text: Thou Hidden Love of God
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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 (29)TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1042AudioScore
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #306Text
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #407Text
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #410Text
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #479Text
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #608Text
Common Praise (1998) #327Text
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #383Text
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #493Text
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #499Text
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #530Text
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #573Text
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #746Image
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #747Image
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #575TextImage
Les Chants du Pèlerin #43
Les Chants du Pèlerin #105
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #573ImageFlexscore
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #919ImageFlexscore
Lutheran Service Book #613TextImage
Lutheran Service Book #766TextImage
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #590TextImage
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #115BImage
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #1044Image
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #208TextImageAudioScore
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #562TextImageAudioScore
Rejoice in the Lord #35Text
The United Methodist Hymnal #414TextImageAudioScore
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #39TextImage



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