Geystliche Gesangk Buchleyn

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General Information

Title:

  • Official title of the 1524 edition: Geystliche Gesangk Buchlein Publication date and place: 1524 Wittenberg by Joseph Klug
  • Official title of the 1525 edition: Geystliche Gesangbüchlin Publication date and place: 1525 Wittenberg

Composers: Johann Walter in collaboration with Martin Luther

Description: 38 German hymn motets and 5 latin motets, expanded in later editions to 74 german hymns and 47 latin motets in the 1551 edition. Set for 3 to 5 voices (Discantus, Altus, Tenor, Bassus and Vagans). The original part books are not conserved as a complete set. Of the first edition only T and B are available online.
After the Achtliederbuch (1524) and the Erfurt Enchiridion (1524), the Geystliche Gesank Buchleyn is the third publication with german hymns by Martin Luther, and the first choir hymnal with such songs. It is supposed that with this Gesank Buchlein Walther applied for the post of director musices at the court of Fredric the Wise, known as one of the most powerful defenders of Martin Luther.

In the successive editions, the works are sometimes adapted or replaced, and the numbring changed. A concordance is given in the 1878 reprint.

External Links

[1] wikipedia page on Eyn geystlich Gesangk Buchleyn
[2] scans of partbooks and reprint in score (1878) on IMSLP. In 1991 an Urtext edition of the 1551 print is published by Bärenreiter.

List of Works

Works at CPDL

Title Year No. Composer Lyricist Genre Subgenre Vo. Voices
Ach Gott vom Himmel, sieh darein 1524 8 Johann Walter Sacred Chorales 4 SATB
Aus tiefer Not 1524 4 Johann Walter Martin Luther Sacred Motets 4 SATB
Aus tiefer Not 1524 4 Johann Walter Martin Luther Sacred Motets 4 SATB
Christ lag in Todesbanden 1524 9-11 Johann Walter Sacred Motets 4 SATB
Es ist das Heil uns kommen her 1524 36 Johann Walter Paul Speratus Sacred Motets 4 SATB
Es wolt uns Gott genädig sein 1524 12 Johann Walter Martin Luther Sacred Motets 4 SATB
Gelobet seist du Jesu Christ 1524 22 Johann Walter Sacred Motets 4 SATB
Gott sei gelobet und gebenedeiet 1524 5 Johann Walter Martin Luther Sacred Motets 4 SATB
Komm, Gott Schöpfer 1524 33 Johann Walter Sacred Motets 4 SATB
Komm, Gott Schöpfer 1524 33 Johann Walter Sacred Motets 4 SATB
Komm, heiliger Geist 1524 2 Johann Walter Sacred Chorales 4 SATB
Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist a 5 1524 1 Johann Walter Martin Luther Sacred Motets 5 SATTB,SATBB
Nun komm der Heiden Heiland 1524 20 Johann Walter Sacred Motets 5 SSATB
Wir glauben all an einen Gott 35 Johann Walter Martin Luther Sacred Motets 4 SATB
Wir glauben all an einen Gott 1524 35 Johann Walter Martin Luther Sacred Motets 4 SATB
Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit 1524 28 Johann Walter Martin Luther Sacred Motets 4 SATB