Composer: Louis Bourgeois; Composer: Claude Goudimel (1556)
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Composer: Louis Bourgeois

Louis Bourgeois (b. Paris, France, c. 1510; d. Paris, 1561). In both his early and later years Bourgeois wrote French songs to entertain the rich, but in the history of church music he is known especially for his contribution to the Genevan Psalter. Apparently moving to Geneva in 1541, the same year John Calvin returned to Geneva from Strasbourg, Bourgeois served as cantor and master of the choristers at both St. Pierre and St. Gervais, which is to say he was music director there under the pastoral leadership of Calvin. Bourgeois used the choristers to teach the new psalm tunes to the congregation. The extent of Bourgeois's involvement in the Genevan Psalter is a matter of scholar­ly debate. Calvin had published several partial psalter… Go to person page >

Composer: Claude Goudimel

The music of Claude Goudimel (b. Besançon, France, c. 1505; d. Lyons, France, 1572) was first published in Paris, and by 1551 he was composing harmonizations for some Genevan psalm tunes-initially for use by both Roman Catholics and Protestants. He became a Calvinist in 1557 while living in the Huguenot community in Metz. When the complete Genevan Psalter with its unison melodies was published in 1562, Goudimel began to compose various polyphonic settings of all the Genevan tunes. He actually composed three complete harmonizations of the Genevan Psalter, usually with the tune in the tenor part: simple hymn-style settings (1564), slightly more complicated harmonizations (1565), and quite elaborate, motet-like settings (1565-1566). The vario… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Louis Bourgeois
Composer: Claude Goudimel (1556)
Meter: D
Incipit: 51232 17312 34554
Key: d minor/d minor or modal
Source: French Psalter, Strassburg, 1539; Genevan Psalter (1542), melody of Psalm 130
Copyright: Public Domain


Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #47
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1401
  • Four-part hamrony, full score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #4805
Text: Our Father's Home Eternal
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)


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Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #47


Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1401

Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #397

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Rejoice in the Lord #97


Small Church Music #5336


The Cyber Hymnal #4805

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The New English Hymnal #400

Include 21 pre-1979 instances
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