Geystliche Gesangk Buchleyn

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General Information

Full Titles:

  • 1524 edition: Geystliche gesangk Buchlein
  • 1525 edition: Geystliche Gsangbüchlin
  • 1534 & 1537 editions: Wittenbergische Gsangbüchli durch Johan. Walthern, Churfürstlichen von Sachsen senger meystern uff ein newes corrigiert, gebes sert und gemeret
  • 1544 & 1551 editions: Wittembergisch deudsch Geistlich Gesangbüchlein. Mit vier vnd fünff stimmen. Durch Johan Walthern, Churfürstlichen von Sachssen Sengermeistern, auffs new mit vleis corrigirt, und mit vielen schönen Liedern gebessert und gemehret

Composers: Johann Walter in collaboration with Martin Luther

Publications using VolumesEditions

1 – Published 1524 – in Wittenberg by Josef Klug, reprinted in Worms by Peter Schöffer (1525)
2 – Published 1534 – in Wittenberg, reprinted in Strasbourg by Peter Schöffer & Mathias Apiarius (1534 & 1537)
3 – Published 1544 – in Wittenberg by Georg Rhau
4 – Published 1551 – in Wittenberg by the heir of Georg Rhau

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 numbering changed. A concordance is given in the 1878 reprint.

List of Works

Works at CPDL

Edition 1 (1524)

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

Edition 2 (1534)

Title Year Composer No. Genre Subgenre Vo. Voices
Wär Gott nit mit uns diese Zeit (1537) 1534 Johann Walter 16 Sacred Motets 4 SATB

Edition 3 (1544)

Title Year Composer No. Genre Subgenre Vo. Voices
Ein feste Burg 1544 Johann Walter 21 Sacred Chorales 4 SATB
Joseph, lieber Joseph mein 1544 Johann Walter 47 Sacred Motets 5 SATTB

Edition 4 (1551)

Title Year Composer No. Genre Subgenre Vo. Voices
Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist a 6 1551 Johann Walter 34 Sacred Motets 6 SSAATB
Wo Gott, der Herr, nicht bei uns hält 1551 Johann Walter 30 Sacred Motets 4 SATB


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