OLD 113TH

Composer: Matthias Greiter

Greitter, Matthäus, was a monk and chorister of Strassburg Cathedral, but in 1524 espoused the cause of the Reformation. In 1528 he was appointed assistant pastor of St. Martin's Church, and afterwards at St. Stephen's. When the Interim [Agricola] was forced on Strassburg, he was the only one of the Lutheran pastors that sought to further it, a course which he afterwards deeply regretted. His death is dated by Wetzel, i. 349, as Dec. 20, 1550; by the Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, ix. 636, as Nov. 20, 1550; while Koch, ii. 104, says he died of the pestilence in 1552. Greitter was a distinguished musician, and with his friend Dachstein (q.v.) edited the Strassburg Kirchen ampt, 1524-5. Four psalm tunes by Greitter, and one by Dachstein we… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Matthias Greiter
Meter: 8.8.7.8.8.7 D
Incipit: 11231 34554 32134 56543
Key: D Major
Source: Matthäus Greiter's Strassburger Kirchenamt, 1525; Genevan Psalter, 1539
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

GENEVAN 68 is usually attributed to Matthäus Greiter (b. Aichach, Bavaria, 1490; d. Strasbourg, France, 1550). It was published as a setting for Psalm 119 in Das dritt theil Strassburger Kirchenampt (1525), which Greiter and his friend Wolfgang Dachstein edited. Greiter studied at Freiburg University and became a monk and musician at the Strassburg Cathedral. Influenced by Wolfgang Dachstein, Greiter joined the Lutheran Church in 1524 and served several Lutheran congregations in the Strassburg area. He also taught at the Gymnasium Argentinense (high school) and eventually directed a choir school. However, the year before his death Greiter returned to the Roman Catholic Church. He is thought to have been the music editor of John Calvin's first Strasbourg Psalter, Aulcuns Pseaulmes et Cantiques (1539).

Greiter's tune was later published with Psalm 36 in the 1539 Strasbourg Psalter approved by John Calvin for worship in Geneva, and still later with Psalm 68 in the 1562 edition of the Genevan Psalter. This sturdy tune is known among Lutherans as O MENSCH BEWEIN' and in the British tradition (with alterations) as OLD 113TH. Written in the Ionian (major) mode, GENEVAN 68 became the battle song of the Calvinist Reformation throughout Europe (analogous to Luther's "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" in the Lutheran tradition). It has been called the "Huguenot Marseillaise," and stanzas 1 and 6 (1 and 10 in the old Dutch versification) are probably the best known in the Dutch Reformed tradition.

The melody consists of four long phrases shaped into a bar form (AABC). Its first phrase is identical to the first phrase of LASST UNS ERFREUEN (431). Two harmonizations are given–one composed in 1985 by Howard Slenk (PHH 3), and the 1564 setting (opposite 67 in the hymnal) by Claude Goudimel (PHH 19) with the melody in the tenor, which was typical of that time. GENEVAN 68 is a fine processional tune requiring a stately tempo. Antiphonal singing is best for the entire psalm; try this pattern, alternating accompaniment as well:

Everyone: stanzas 1 and 9
Group A: stanzas 2, 4, 6, and 8
Group B: stanzas 3, 5, and 7

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Media

Baptist Hymnal 1991 #35
Text: I'll Praise My Maker
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #762
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #1453
Text: Father of Everlasting Grace
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #1520
Text: From Highest Heav'n the Eternal Son
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #2887
Text: I'll Praise My Maker
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #2916
Text: I Love the Volumes of Thy Word
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #3470
Text: Judges, Who Rule the World by Laws
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #5422
Text: O Thou Who at Thy Creature's Bar
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
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The Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of the Old and New-Testament: faithfully translated into English metre: for the use, edification, and comfort of the saints...especially in New-England (25th ed) #T11a
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #68
Text: Let God Arise and by His Might
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)

Instances

Instances (1 - 42 of 42)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #3
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #35TextAudioPage Scan
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #336TextPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #20Text
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #762ScoreAudio
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #272
Glaubenslieder #134TextAudio
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #806Text InfoTextAudio
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #429Text
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #23
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #65
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #211FlexScoreAudio
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #212FlexScoreAudio
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #253Text
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #490
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #33CText
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #68A
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #146AText
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #68Text InfoTune InfoScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #109
Rejoice in the Lord #140Text
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #89
Small Church Music #1954Audio
Small Church Music #2876Audio
Small Church Music #2880Audio
Small Church Music #6270Audio
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #7
The Cyber Hymnal #1453TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #1520TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2887TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2916TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #3470TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5422TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #479TextPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal #60Text
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #260
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #141
The Worshiping Church #79Text
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #43Text
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #867Text
Worship and Rejoice #79Text
찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #123
Include 26 pre-1979 instances



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