Drei schöne Ding sind (Johann Hermann Schein)

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  • (Posted 2014-02-15)  CPDL #31280:         
Editor: Gerd Eichler (submitted 2014-02-15).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 130 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from original print. Mensurstrich layout, original pitch and note values, original text spelling, musica ficta clearly marked, clefs modernized, basso continuo part included.
  • (Posted 2010-12-23)  CPDL #23001:         
Editor: Peter Kaplan (submitted 2010-12-23).   Score information: Letter, 15 pages, 147 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In original key. Altus part written in tenor clef.

General Information

Title: Drei schöne Ding sind
Translated Title: Three beautiful things
Composer: Johann Hermann Schein
Larger work: Israelsbrünnlein (Fontana d'Israel)

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicings: SSTTB or SSATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: German
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1623 in Fontana d'Israel, no. 20

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Drei schöne ding sind, die beide Gott und Menschen wohlgefallen,
wenn Brüder eins sind; wenn die Nachbarn sich lieb haben;
wenn Mann und Weib sich miteinander wohl begehen.

English.png English translation

Three beautiful things, which are approved before God and men:
The concord of brethren, the love of neighbors,
and the commitment of husband and wife to one another.