God is our refuge (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

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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.
Editor: Thomas Gebhardt (submitted 2006-01-27).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 94 kB   Copyright: Personal
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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!)

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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.