God is our refuge (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

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  • (Posted 2007-11-18)  CPDL #15465:   
Editor: John Brown (submitted 2007-11-18).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 22 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down 1 tone, and made final chord minor.
  • (Posted 2006-01-27)  CPDL #10038:   
Editor: Thomas Gebhardt (submitted 2006-01-27).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 94 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2005-10-23)  CPDL #09999:     
Editor: Michael Gibson (submitted 2005-10-23).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 49 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2003-12-02)  CPDL #06153:      (Finale 2002)
Editor: Paul R. Marchesano (submitted 2003-12-02).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 92 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: God is Our Refuge
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: written Jun 1765
Description: This lightweight juvenile work has two claims to fame:

  1. It is Mozart's only known setting of a text in English.
  2. It is his earliest surviving vocal piece (written when he was 9!)

External websites:

  • Free choir training aids for this work are available at Choralia.

Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 46.

English.png English text

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.

German.png German translation

Gott ist unsere Zuflucht und Stärke,
ein bewährter Helfer in allen Nöten.
Ps 46 (45), 2

Portuguese.png Portuguese translation

Deus é nosso refúgio e fortaleza,
socorro sempre pronto nos perigos.