VOM HIMMEL HOCH

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 (1535)
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Incipit: 1D767 567U1 11D55 3(4)5
Key: C Major
Source: Geist­liche Lied­er, by Val­en­tin Schu­mann (Leip­zig, Ger­ma­ny: 1539)
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Initially Luther used the folk melody associated with his first stanza as the tune for this hymn. Later he composed this new tune for his text. VOM HIMMEL HOCH was first published in Valentin Schumann's Geistliche Lieder in 1539. Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) used Luther's melody in three places in his well-known and loved Christmas Oratorio. VOM HIMMEL HOCH is a simple but spritely melody. Try having either a soloist (with an angelic voice) or a small choir, in harmony and unaccompanied, sing stanzas 1-4. The entire group or congregation could then sing stanza 5 in unison. Add strong accompaniment, possibly using one of the elaborate Bach harmonizations.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1029
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
  • Four-part harmony, full score, Alternate arrangement (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #30
Text: Ah, Dearest Jesus
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The Cyber Hymnal #437
Text: Behold, the Joyful Day Is Nigh
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The Cyber Hymnal #1355
Text: Ere Yet the Dawn Has Filled the Skies
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The Cyber Hymnal #1630
Text: From Heaven Above to Earth I Come
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The Cyber Hymnal #1631
Text: From Highest Heaven, on Joyous Wing
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The Cyber Hymnal #1691
Text: God of All Power and Truth and Grace
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The Cyber Hymnal #1974
Text: Good News From Heaven the Angels Bring
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The Cyber Hymnal #2529
Text: The Holy Son of God Most High
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The Cyber Hymnal #2919
Text: An Image of That Heavenly Light
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The Cyber Hymnal #3291
Text: Jesu, the Father's Only Son
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The Cyber Hymnal #4104
Text: The Lord Will Come! The Earth Shall Quake
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The Cyber Hymnal #4756
Text: O Christ, Redeemer of Our Race
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The Cyber Hymnal #7758
Text: Ye Heav'ns, Oh Haste your Dews to Shed
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The Cyber Hymnal #9526
Text: Behold, The Joyful Day Is Nigh
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The Cyber Hymnal #10835
Text: Jerusalem, Lift Up Thy Voice
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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #339
Text: From Heaven Above to Earth I Come

Instances

Instances (1 - 63 of 63)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #226
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #9
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #27
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #276
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #320Text
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #128TextPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #146
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1029Tune InfoScoreAudio
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #21TextPage Scan
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #38Text
Common Praise (1998) #133
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #51Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #193Page Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #123TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #124TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #268
Glaubenslieder #14Text
Glaubenslieder #295
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #111Text InfoAudio
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #80
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #54
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #100
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #120
Hymns of Faith #132TextPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #358TextPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #385TextPage Scan
Lutheran Worship #37Text
Lutheran Worship #38
Moravian Book of Worship #306TextPage Scan
Moravian Book of Worship #307TextPage Scan
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #54Page Scan
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #496TextPage Scan
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #182
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #339Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #207Text
Singing the New Testament #9Text
Small Church Music #1213Audio
Small Church Music #2305Audio
Small Church Music #2326Audio
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #161
The Cyber Hymnal #30TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #437TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #1355TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #1630TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #1631TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #1691TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #1974TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2529TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2919TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #3291TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4104TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4756TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #7758TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #9526TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #10835TextScoreAudio
The New Century Hymnal #130
The New English Hymnal #20bTextPage Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #296
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #220TextPage Scan
TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #113aTextAudio
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #72
Worship (3rd ed.) #388
Worship (4th ed.) #433
Include 75 pre-1979 instances



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