CHRIST LAG IN TODESBANDEN

Tune Information

Title: CHRIST LAG IN TODESBANDEN
Meter: 8.7.8.7.7.8.7.4
Incipit: 17134 32116 7176
Key: d minor or modal
Source: Latin melody, c. 1100;Geystliche gesangk Buchleyn, Wittenberg, 1524, ed. Johann Walter
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

CHRIST LAG IN TODESBANDEN is an adaptation of a medieval chant used for "Victimae Paschali laudes" (the same chant is the source for CHRIST IST ERSTANDEN, 407). The tune's arrangement is credited to Johann Walther (b. Kahla, Thuringia, Germany, 1496: d. Torgau, Germany, 1570), in whose 1524 Geystliche Gesangk Buchleyn it was first published. But it is possible that Luther also had a hand in its arrangement.

Walther was one of the great early influences in Lutheran church music. At first he seemed destined to be primarily a court musician. A singer in the choir of the Elector of Saxony in the Torgau court in 1521, he became the court's music director in 1525. After the court orchestra was disbanded in 1530 and reconstituted by the town, Walther became cantor at the local school in 1534 and directed the music in several churches. He served the Elector of Saxony at the Dresden court from 1548 to 1554 and then retired in Torgau.

Walther met Martin Luther in 1525 and lived with him for three weeks to help in the preparation of Luther's German Mass. In 1524 Walther published the first edition of a collection of German hymns, Geystliche gesangk Buchleyn. This collection and several later hymnals compiled by Walther went through many later editions and made a permanent impact on Lutheran hymnody.

One of the earliest and best-known Lutheran chorales, CHRIST LAG IN TODESBANDEN is a magnificent tune in rounded bar form (AABA) with vigor and lightness characteristic of Easter carols. Many organ compositions are based on this tune; Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) incorporated it extensively in his cantatas 4 and 158.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Arrangements

Organ Solo

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    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Samuel Scheidt
    Published By: Leupold Editions (2020)
  • The Sacred Organ Journal Volume 48 Number 4 March April 2014: The Organist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Douglas E. Wagner; Lani Smith
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2014)
  • With Love that Has No Ending: Organ Music for Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter
    Composer/Editors Douglas E. Wagner; Lani Smith
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2014)
  • Hymn Prelude Library Volume Two Tunes BC: Lutheran Service Book
    Composer/Editors Kevin J. Hildebrand; Jonathan R. Mueller
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2013)
  • Seasonal Hymn Preludes Volume 7 Easter and Easter Season: Op. 21
    Composer/Editor Robin Dinda
    Published By: Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc. (2008)
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 29 Number 3 March 2007 General, Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, Easter Season, Festivals: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Theodore W. Ripper
    Published By: McAfee Music Corporation (2007)
  • Song Of the Gospel Volume 1: Organ Literature for the Liturgical Year Based on the Hymnic Contributions of Martin Luther
    Composer/Editor Henry V. Gerike
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2006)
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 28 Number 3 March 2006 General, Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, Easter Season, Festivals: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck
    Published By: McAfee Music Corporation (2006)
  • Music for a Celebration Set 4: Chorale Settings from the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries
    Composer/Editors Michael A. Burkhardt; Georg Philipp Telemann
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2005)
  • Passiontide and Easter for Organ: Orgelmusik zur Passions- und Osterzeit
    Composer/Editors Andreas Rockstroh; Max Gulbins
    Published By: B (2005)
  • Hosanna, Loud Hosanna: Organ Settings for Lent and the Passion
    Composer/Editor Barbara Harbach
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2004)
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 26 Number 3 March 2004 General, Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, Easter Season, Festivals: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Max Gulbins
    Published By: McAfee Music Corporation (2004)
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 23 Number 3 March 2001 General, Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, Easter Season, Festivals: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Samuel Scheidt
    Published By: Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc. (2001)
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 22 Number 3 March 2000 General, Palm Sunday, Easter, Easter Season, Festivals: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Frederick Wilhelm Zachau
    Published By: Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc. (2000)
  • The Sacred Organ Journal Volume 33 Number 4 March April 1999: The Organist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Mark Barnard; Thomas Chesterton
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1999)
  • 7 Hymn Preludes Set 5
    Composer/Editor Donald Rotermund
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1997)
  • Six Hymn Fugues: For Organ Opus 253
    Composer/Editor Peter Pindar Stearns
    Published By: Alfred Music Publishing Company, Inc. (1997)
  • 6 Hymn Preludes Set 5
    Composer/Editor John Eggert
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1996)
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 15 Number 3 March 1993 General, Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, Easter Season, Festivals: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Johann Pachelbel
    Published By: Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc. (1993)
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 14 Number 3 March 1992 General, Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, Easter Season, Festivals: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Georg Bohm
    Published By: McAfee Music Corporation (1992)
  • Chorale Preludes by Old Masters Volume 3: For Organ
    Composer/Editors Karl Straube; Samuel Scheidt
    Published By: Masters Music Publications, Inc. (1991)
  • Easter Trilogy Set 1
    Composer/Editor Andrew Clarke
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1991)
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 54 Number 3 February 1991: A Bi-Monthly Anthology for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Dorothy Wells; James Mansfield
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1991)
  • Improvisations for the Easter Season Set 1
    Composer/Editor Paul O. Manz
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1990)
  • The Organist's Library Volume 11
    Composer/Editor James Mansfield
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1990)
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 9 Number 3 April 1987 General, Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, Easter Season, Festivals: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Frederick Wilhelm Zachau
    Published By: McAfee Music Corporation (1987)
  • 6 Hymn Preludes Set 1:
    Composer/Editor John Eggert
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1986)
  • Eight Hymn Preludes for Easter: For Organ
    Composer/Editor Peter Pindar Stearns
    Published By: Harold Flammer Music Publishers Incorporated (1986)
  • Organ Literature for the Church Year: With Lessons and Historical Background
    Composer/Editors Susan Hegberg; Georg Philipp Telemann
    Published By: Belwin Mills Publishing Corporation (1986)
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 8 Number 2 February 1986 General, Lent, Holy Week, Funerals: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Georg Friedrich Kauffmann
    Published By: McAfee Music Corporation (1986)
  • Suite of Easter Hymns: For Organ
    Composer/Editor Emma Lou Diemer
    Published By: The Sacred Music Press (1984)
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 10: Easter: A - L
    Composer/Editors Herbert Gotsch; Andreas Nikolaus Vetter
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1982)
  • The Biggs Books of Organ Music
    Composer/Editors E. Power Biggs; Johann Sebastian Bach
    Published By: Belwin Mills Publishing Corporation (1979)
  • 4 Centuries of Organ Music: Compiled from "Masterpieces of Organ Music"
    Composer/Editor Tobias Volksmarch
    Published By: Theodore Presser Company (1977)
  • Six Preludes on Easter Hymns
    Composer/Editor Wilbur C. Held
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1975)
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    Composer/Editor Paul O. Manz
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1975)
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    Composer/Editor Lionel Rogg
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1974)
  • Eight Organ Chorales: Contemporary Settings by Alan Stout
    Composer/Editor Alan Stout
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1969)
  • The Easter Season: Organ Music by the Masters
    Composer/Editors L. N. Porter; Johann Sebastian Bach
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1968)
  • Select Organ Works for Lent and Easter
    Composer/Editors Gordon Young; Johann Sebastian Bach
    Published By: Harold Flammer Music Publishers Incorporated (1967)
  • Library of Organ Music Volume One: General Lent Easter Communion
    Composer/Editors Enid and Henry Woodward; Johann Pachelbel
    Published By: Schmitt, Hall & McCreary Co. (1966)
  • Various Hymn Settings: Kalmus Organ Series 3603
    Composer/Editor Gerhard Krapf
    Published By: Belwin Mills Publishing Corporation (1964)
  • Seasonal Chorale Preludes for Manuals Only: Book II Easter Whitsun Trinity Festivals and General
    Composer/Editors C. H. Trevor; Georg Philipp Telemann
    Published By: Oxford University Press (1962)
  • Hymntune Preludes for the Organ Volume II: Lent Palm Sunday Easter
    Composer/Editor G. Winston Cassler
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1961)
  • Trios for the Organ of Great Composers: Orgeltrio's Van Grote Componisten
    Composer/Editors Hennie Schouten; Johann Ludwig Krebs
    Published By: A. J. G. Strengholt's Uitgeversmaatschappij N. V. (1960)
  • Festival Anthology for Organ
    Composer/Editors E. Power Biggs; Anthony Philip Heinrich
    Published By: Associated Music Publishers, Inc. (1959)
  • Organ Music for the Church Year: Improvisations by G. Winston Cassler
    Composer/Editor G. Winston Cassler
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1959)
  • The Parish Organist Part Eight: Music for Easter, Ascension, Pentecost and Trinity
    Composer/Editor Erich Goldschmidt
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1956)
  • Bach Made Practical for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Johann Sebastian Bach; Ellen Jane Lorenz
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1955)
  • 80 Chorale Preludes: German Masters of the 17th and 18th Centuries
    Composer/Editors Hermann Keller; Frederick Wilhelm Zachau
    Published By: C. F. Peters Corporation (1951)
  • The Church Organist's Golden Treasury Volume One -- An Anthology of Choral Preludes: Carl F. Pfatteicher
    Composer/Editors Archibald T. Davison; Johann Sebastian Bach
    Published By: Oliver Ditson Company (1949)
  • Masterpieces of Organ Music Folio No. 26: Selected Compositions of the Old masters
    Composer/Editors Johann Heinrich Buttstett; Norman Hennefield
    Published By: The Liturgical Music Press, Inc. (1945)
  • The Liturgical Year (Orgelb: Forty-five Organ Chorals
    Composer/Editors Johann Sebastian Bach; Alrbert Riemenschneider
    Published By: Oliver Ditson Company (1933)
  • Seventy-nine Chorales for the Organ Opus 28
    Composer/Editor Marcel Dupre
    Published By: The H. W. Gray Company (1932)
  • Chorale Preludes for Easter Book 1: For Organ
    Composer/Editors Norbert Dufourcq; Felix Raugel; Anonymous
    Published By: Masters Music Publications, Inc.
  • Chorale Preludes for Easter Book 1: For Organ
    Composer/Editors Norbert Dufourcq; Felix Raugel; Samuel Scheidt
    Published By: Masters Music Publications, Inc.

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • Free Harmonizations of Favorite Hymns Volume 4: The Easter Season
    Composer/Editor James M. Guthrie
    Published By: Self-published (2017)
  • The Hymns of Martin Luther
    Composer/Editor Peter C. Reske
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2016)
  • Thirty-Three Hymn Descants and Melodies for All Seasons
    Composer/Editor Patricia D. Backhaus
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2015)
  • Easy Hymn Accompaniments: For Organ
    Composer/Editor Michael A. Burkhardt
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2011)
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Organ Volume 3: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 361-441

    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2008)
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Piano Volume 3: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 361 - 441
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Mark Weiler
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2008)
  • 150 Last Verse Harmonies: For Use with the Hymn Books of the Baptist, Methodist, United Reformed and Other Free Churches
    Composer/Editor Bryan Kelly
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2007)
  • Pull Out the Stops!: Congregational Song Accompaniments for Organ
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Mark Weiler
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2001)
  • Thirty-Two Free Harmonizations of Familiar Hymns Volume II for Organ
    Composer/Editor Peter Pindar Stearns
    Published By: Harold Flammer Music Publishers Incorporated (1996)
  • Hymn Descants Set 2: With C and B flat Instrument Parts
    Composer/Editor Stanley Drummond Wolff
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1990)
  • 11 Hymn Intonations Volume II: Free Accompaniments, Instrumental Descants for Organ
    Composer/Editor David Herman
    Published By: G. I. A. Publications, Inc. (1982)
  • Hymns for the Church Year: 68 Accompaniment Settings for Keyboard of the Hymns of the Day
    Composer/Editor Roger Petrich
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1980)
  • Organ Descants for Selected Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor G. Winston Cassler
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1972)
  • Intonations for the Hymn of the Week
    Composer/Editor Theodore Beck
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1969)
  • Free Organ Accompaniments to Hymns: Volume IV Festival Services

    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1967)
  • The Hymn of the Week: Tabulatura Americana Pars Prima Organ Settings
    Composer/Editor Jan Bender
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1961)

Piano Solo

  • Chorales and Variations for Piano
    Composer/Editor John Carter
    Published By: Harold Flammer Music Publishers Incorporated (1989)

Instruments: Trumpet and Organ

  • Five Intradas and Chorales on Easter Hymns: For Organ and Trumpet
    Composer/Editor Johannes H. E. Koch
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1963)

Instruments: Instrumental Solo

  • Mostly Baroque: Eleven Hymn Preludes for Solo Treble Instrument and Piano (incorrectly says "Organ")
    Composer/Editor Richard W. Slater
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1982)

Instruments: Instrumental Solo with Organ

  • Organ Plus One - Easter: Original Works and Arrangements for Church Service and Concert
    Composer/Editors Carsten Klomp; Georg Friedrich Kauffmann
    Published By: B (2011)

Voices: Voices

  • Three Passiontide Chorales: Notre Dame Choir Editions
    Composer/Editor Johann Sebastian Bach
    Published By: C. F. Peters Corporation (2001)

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