WAS GOTT TUT

Composer: Severus Gastorius

Severus Gastorius (1647-1682 ) was a cantor in Jena, central Germany. The son of a Weimar school teacher, Severus was born with the family name Bauchspiess (later Latinised to Gastorius) in Oettern, near Weimar. In 1667, he started studying at the University of Jena. From 1670, he deputized for cantor Andreas Zöll in Jena and married his daughter the following year. Gastorius assumed Zöll's position after his death in 1677. One of his friends, Samuel Rodigast, wrote the hymn "Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan" for Gastorius when he was sick (to cheer him up as Rodigast writes in his dedication). Even before he recovered, Gastorius set it to music based on a melody by Werner Fabricius. The tune became widely known in Germany as the cantor… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Severus Gastorius (1681)
Meter: 8.7.8.7.4.4.8.8
Incipit: 5U123 45436 54332 1D5U1
Notes: Composer Sererus Gastoirus or Johann Pachelbel
Key: D Major
Copyright: ; Public Domain

Notes

WAS GOTT TUT is usually attributed to Severus Gastorius (b. Ottern, near Weimar, Germany, 1646; d. Jena, Germany, 1682), who presumably composed the tune during a convalescence in 1675 (see above). The tune was published in Ausserlesenes Weimarisches Gesangbuch (1681). Educated at the University of Jena, Gastorius became cantor of Jena in 1677, a post he held until his death. He wrote a variety of church music, including five funeral motets, but he is known primarily for composing WAS GOTT TUT.

The tune is a classic example of a seventeenth-century German chorale setting in bar form (AAB). Sing in sturdy unison, changing to harmony for some of the stanzas. Do not rush, but sing with stately fervor. Observing fermatas at the ends of the first two 1 long lines will help to bring a sense of patience to this melody by giving more breathing time.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1252
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #5316
Text: O Son of God, We Wait for Thee
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #7276
Text: Whate'er My God Ordains Is Right
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #451
Text: What God Ordains Is Always Right
Small Church Music #7148
Text: Misaotra Anao, Jesosy o! (Thank You, O Jesus)
  • PDF Score (PDF)

Instances

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Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1252ScoreAudio
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #429TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #519TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #536TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #776
Glaubenslieder #2Text
Glaubenslieder #26
Glaubenslieder #59Text
Glaubenslieder #72
Glaubenslieder #186
Glaubenslieder #248
Glaubenslieder #260Text
Lutheran Service Book #760TextPage Scan
Lutheran Worship #422Text
Moravian Book of Worship #718
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #243
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #284Text
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #601a
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #136F
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #451Text InfoTune InfoScoreAudio
Rejoice in the Lord #153TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #920Audio
Small Church Music #6895Audio
Small Church Music #7148Audio
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #425
The Cyber Hymnal #5316TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #7276TextScoreAudio
The New Century Hymnal #415
The Worshiping Church #82
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #109
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #108TextPage Scan
Include 30 pre-1979 instances



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