EIN FESTE BURG

Composer: Martin Luther

Luther, Martin, born at Eisleben, Nov. 10, 1483; entered the University of Erfurt, 1501 (B.A. 1502, M.A.. 1503); became an Augustinian monk, 1505; ordained priest, 1507; appointed Professor at the University of Wittenberg, 1508, and in 1512 D.D.; published his 95 Theses, 1517; and burnt the Papal Bull which had condemned them, 1520; attended the Diet of Worms, 1521; translated the Bible into German, 1521-34; and died at Eisleben, Feb. 18, 1546. The details of his life and of his work as a reformer are accessible to English readers in a great variety of forms. Luther had a huge influence on German hymnody. i. Hymn Books. 1. Ellich cristlich lider Lobgesang un Psalm. Wittenberg, 1524. [Hamburg Library.] This contains 8 German h… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Martin Luther (1529)
Meter: 8.7.8.7.6.6.6.6.7
Incipit: 111D5 (6)7U 1(D7) 65U1
Key: C Major/D Major
Copyright: Public Domain
Article: The Earliest Lutheran Hymn Tradition as Illustrated by Two Classic Sixteenth-Century German Chorales by Vincent A. Lenti (from "The Hymn")

Texts

A Mighty Fortress

A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he, amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
does seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.

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Notes

The original rhythms of EIN FESTE BURG (see 469) had already reached their familiar isorhythmic (all equal rhythms) shape by the time of Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) in the eighteenth century. The harmonization is taken from his Cantata 80. Many organ and choral works are based on this chorale, including Felix Mendelssohn (PHH 279) in his Symphony and Giacomo Meyerbeer in his opera Les Huguenots.
This rhythmic setting needs a more majestic approach than the one found at 468.
Sing in harmony on stanzas 2 and 3 and in unison on stanzas 1 and 4. Support the singing with strong accompaniment on the organ and/or with use of a brass ensemble.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987

Media

Baptist Hymnal 1991 #8
Text: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
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Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #37
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #477
Text: Be Strong in God
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The Cyber Hymnal #1790
Text: God Is a Stronghold and a Tower
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The Cyber Hymnal #4259
Text: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
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The Cyber Hymnal #5858
Text: Rejoice Today with One Accord
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The Cyber Hymnal #5875
Text: A Safe Stronghold Our God Is Still
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The Cyber Hymnal #7141
Text: We Bless the Triune God of Might
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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #468
Text: God Is Our Fortress and Our Rock
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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #469
Text: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
The United Methodist Hymnal #110
Text: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
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Worship and Rejoice #507
Text: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Instances

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Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #759
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Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #201TextPage Scan
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #454TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #318TextPage Scan
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