Groß ist der Herr (Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach)

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  • (Posted 2015-03-04)  CPDL #34732:      (Finale 2010)
Editor: Dorian Brown (submitted 2015-03-04).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 35 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: This edition based on Manfred Hößl edition, with English poetic translation replacing the original German, and literal translation added at bottom of pg. 2. Numerous textual slurs added per std syllabification. Chord in m. 19 alt DB; cue sized notes display original pitches. Page size adjusted to 8.5 x 11.
  • (Posted 2004-07-29)  CPDL #07708:      Network.png MIDI and zipped Finale files available. Finale files may be viewed and printed with Finale Reader.
Editor: Manfred Hößl (submitted 2004-07-29).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 83 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: SATB choir and orchestral parts arranged by Manfred Hößl. No PDF file, zipped Finale file, organ version also available.

General Information

Title: Groß ist der Herr
Composer: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Solo medium
Genre: SacredLied

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1780 in Geistliche Gesänge Book 1, H.749, No. 7
    2nd published: 1868 in Sammlung von Volksgesängen für den gemischten Chor (Ignaz Heim), no. 19
    3rd published: 1912 in Sammlung kirchlicher Lieder für den gemischten Chor (Heim, Hegar), Teil 1, no. 19

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Groß ist der Herr, von seiner Macht
erzählen Himmel, Erd und Meere.
Ihn preist die sternenvolle Nacht,
die Sonn und aller Sonnen Heere.
Groß ist der Herr, groß ist der Herr!

Ihn rühmt die blühende Natur,
ihr Schmuck und ihrer Früchte Menge,
die weite ährenreiche Flur
sind seiner Allmacht Lobgesänge.
Groß ist der Herr, groß ist der Herr!

Groß ist der Herr, zu ihm empor
soll hochentzückt mein Geist sich schwingen,
in aller Welten mächtgen Chor
soll jauchzend auch mein Loblied klingen.
Groß ist der Herr, groß ist der Herr!

English.png English translation

Great is the Lord; heaven, earth and the seas tell of His power.
Him praises the star-filled night, the sun, and all the multitudes of suns.
Great is the Lord! Great is the Lord!

Him blooming nature extolls, its decorations and fruits' abundance;
the wide meadows [rich with their yield of grain] are His praise songs.
Great is the Lord! Great is the Lord!

Great is the Lord; to Him on high, supremely enraptured shall my spirit soar;
throughout the world's mighty chorus also, exultantly shall my praise hymn ring.
Great is the Lord! Great is the Lord!