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Composer: Ahasuer Fritsch

Born: De­cem­ber 16, 1629, Mücheln, Sax­o­ny. Died: Au­gust 24, 1701, Ru­dol­stadt, Ger­ma­ny. With help from the fam­ily of a young no­ble he tu­tored, Fritsch re­ceived a good ed­u­ca­tion, earn­ing his law de­gree from the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Jena in 1661. He lat­er be­came chan­cel­lor of the un­i­ver­si­ty and pres­i­dent of the Con­sis­to­ry of Ru­dol­stadt. He wrote on num­er­ous sub­jects, in­clud­ing an­ti­qui­ties, law, and re­li­gion, and col­lect­ed hymns. Hymns-- "Liebster Im­man­u­el, Herzog der Frommen" "Dearest Im­man­u­el, Prince of the Lowly" Music-- WAS FRAG' ICH NACH DER WELT  Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Ahasuer Fritsch (1679, a.)
Incipit: 532(1 )5566 22543 (2)15
Key: C Major
Source: Himmels-Lust, 1679
Copyright: Public Domain


Also known as:


Composed by Ahasuerus Fritsch (b. Mücheln on the Geissel, near Merseburg, Germany, 1629; d. Rudolstadt, Germany, 1701), DARMSTADT first appeared in his Himmels-Lust und Welt-Unlust (1679). The melody was altered when it was published in the 1698 Darmstadt Geistreiches Gesangbuch and in several other eighteenth-century German hymnals. The tune is also known as O GOTT, DU FROMMER GOTT (named after the Heermann text) and as WAS FRAG ICH NACH DER WELT (named after an association with a text in the Darmstadt hymnal).

Fritsch grew up during the turbulent time of the Thirty Years' War, and his family was often forced to flee for their lives. He was educated at the University of Jena and later became chancellor of that university. He also served as president of the church's consistory in Rudolstadt and edited two collections of hymns.

The harmonization comes from Cantata 45 by Johann S. Bach (PHH 7); he also used the tune in cantatas 64, 94, and 133. This noble tune has short phrases that should be sung in four long lines; observe small fermatas at the end of each of the first two lines. Use solid organ tone to support congregational singing in unison or in parts. Keep the energy lively.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1989


Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #274
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #4640
Text: Now Are the Days Fulfilled
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #4651
Text: Now Yield We Thanks and Praise
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #4917
Text: O God, Thou Faithful God
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #7512
Text: What Is the World to Me?
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #10917
Text: Joy To The World
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #574
Text: O God, My Faithful God
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)


Instances (1 - 35 of 35)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #244
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #274Tune InfoScoreAudio
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #20
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #477Text
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #396Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #100b
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #107
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #446TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #806TextFlexScorePage Scan
Glaubenslieder #296Audio
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #108TextPage Scan
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #78
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #646TextFlexScorePage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #346
Lutheran Service Book #730TextPage Scan
Lutheran Worship #187Text
Lutheran Worship #371Text
Lutheran Worship #372Text
Lutheran Worship #418Text
Moravian Book of Worship #615TextPage Scan
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #278
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #35A
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #574Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #69TextPage Scan
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #345
Small Church Music #1070Audio
Small Church Music #1828Audio
Small Church Music #2302Audio
Small Church Music #4367Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #4640TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4651TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4917TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #7512TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #10917TextScoreAudio
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #602TextPage Scan
Include 23 pre-1979 instances