O Herr, ich bin dein Knecht (Johann Hermann Schein)

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  • (Posted 2018-04-16)  CPDL #49364:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-04-16).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 95 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #27126, with note values halved and minor corrections to the underlay.
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Edition notes: Transcribed from original print. Mensural notation, original key and note values, original text spelling, musica ficta clearly marked, clefs modernized, basso continuo part included.
Last Revised: 2014-09-20, corrected note in Cantus2, bar 39
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General Information

Title: O Herr, ich bin dein Knecht
Translated Title: O Lord, truly I am your servant
Composer: Johann Hermann Schein
Lyricist: Psalm 116 :16-17
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. 1
    2nd published: 1931 in Das Chorwerk, no. 12.1

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

O HErr, ich bin dein Knecht,
deiner Magd Sohn.
Du hast meine Bande zurrissen.
Dir wil ich danckopfern;
und des HErren Namen predigen.

(original spelling/wording)

German.png German text

O Herr, ich bin dein Knecht,
deiner Magd Sohn.
Du hast meine Bande zerrissen.
Dir will ich Dank opfern;
und des Herren Namen predigen.

(modernized spelling/wording)

English.png English translation

O Lord, truly I am your servant; I am your servant,
and the son of your handmaid:
you have loosed my bonds.
I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and will call on the name of the Lord.