CHRISTUS, DER IST MEIN LEBEN

Composer: Melchior Vulpius

Born into a poor family named Fuchs, Melchior Vulpius (b. Wasungen, Henneberg, Germany, c. 1570; d. Weimar, Germany, 1615) had only limited educational oppor­tunities and did not attend the university. He taught Latin in the school in Schleusingen, where he Latinized his surname, and from 1596 until his death served as a Lutheran cantor and teacher in Weimar. A distinguished composer, Vulpius wrote a St. Matthew Passion (1613), nearly two hundred motets in German and Latin, and over four hundred hymn tunes, many of which became popular in Lutheran churches, and some of which introduced the lively Italian balletto rhythms into the German hymn tunes. His music was published in Cantiones Sacrae (1602, 1604), Kirchengesangund Geistliche Lieder… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: CHRISTUS, DER IST MEIN LEBEN
Composer: Melchior Vulpius (1609)
Meter: 7.6.7.6
Incipit: 13234 53654 32356
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Melchior Vulpius (PHH 397) composed this short chorale tune, published as a setting for the anonymous funeral hymn "Christus, der ist mein Leben" ("For Me to Live Is Jesus") in Vulpius's Ein Schön Geistlich Gesangbuch (1609). Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) based his Cantata 95 on this tune and provided two harmonizations, one in duple and the other in triple meter, in his Charalgesänge.

Sing stanzas 1-3 in harmony with suitably prayerful accompaniment. Sing the final stanza in unison with a more full registration on the organ.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987

Arrangements

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • Free Harmonizations of Favorite Hymns Volume 1: General Hymns I
    Composer/Editor James M. Guthrie
    Published By: Self-published (2017) pp. LL
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Organ Volume 5: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 503 - 573
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Marissa Bauck; Wolfgang Rubsam
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2008) pp. 539
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Piano Volume 5: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 503 - 573
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Marissa Bauck; Richard Lind
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2008) pp. 539
  • 16 Introductions or Interludes for Organ: On Favorite Hymns
    Composer/Editor Mark Sedio
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2006) pp. 6
  • The Art of Hymn Playing 2nd edition: 250 Preludes Introductions Free Accompaniments & Alternate Harmonizations
    Composer/Editor Charles Callahan
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2006) pp. 26
  • Creative Hymn Accompaniments for Organ: Volume 4 A Tribute to Dale Wood
    Composer/Editor Gerhard Krapf
    Published By: The Sacred Music Press (2005) pp. 32
  • Sonus Novus Volume 5: Hymn Intonations and Harmonizations
    Composer/Editor Kevin J. Hildebrand
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2004) pp. 10
  • The Creative Use of Descants in Worship: The Creative Church Musician Series / Volume 3
    Composer/Editor Hal H. Hopson
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (1999) pp. 23
  • Easy Hymn Accompaniments for Organ or Piano: Set III
    Composer/Editor Edward H. Myer
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1996) pp. 20-21
  • Composer/Editor Raymond H. Haan
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1996) pp. 5
  • Free Harmonizations of Hymn Tunes: Volume II
    Composer/Editor D. DeWitt Wasson
    Published By: Hinshaw Music, Inc. (1986) pp. 132
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 21: General: Ber - Cons
    Composer/Editors Herbert Gotsch; Johann Gottfried Walther
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1983) pp. 39
  • New Organ Accompaniments For Hymns
    Composer/Editor Paul G. Bunjes
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1976) pp. 17
  • New Organ Settings for Hymns and Chorales Set I: Opus 22
    Composer/Editor Jan Bender
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1963) pp. 21

Organ Solo

  • In Memoriam: Funeral Music for Organ
    Composer/Editor Raymond H. Haan
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2018) pp. 31
  • Easy Organ Library Volume 61
    Composer/Editors Johann Pachelbel; Patricia Lou Harris
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2016) pp. 16
  • The Organist Volume 120 Number 1 March April 2016: The Service Music Companion for the Church Organist
    Composer/Editors Carson P. Cooman; Patricia Lou Harris
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2016) pp. 16
  • Hymn Prelude Library Volume Two Tunes BC: Lutheran Service Book
    Composer/Editors Kevin J. Hildebrand; Jeffrey N. Blersch
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2013) pp. 88
  • The Sacred Organ Journal Volume 44 Number 3 January February 2010: The Organist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Gilbert M. Martin; Robert J. Powell
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2010) pp. 13
  • Treasures of the Singing Church: Organ Literature for the Liturgical Year Volume 1 Tunes A-H
    Composer/Editors Henry V. Gerike; Stephen P. Johnson
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2010) pp. 25, 27-28
  • The Ultimate Organ Book: For Weddings, Funerals & the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Hal H. Hopson; Sigfrid Karg-Elert
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (2007) pp. 152
  • The David Cherwien Hymn Interpretation Series: Hymns of Serenity
    Composer/Editors David M. Cherwien; Gilbert M. Martin
    Published By: The Sacred Music Press (2005) pp. 14
  • Music for a Celebration Set 3
    Composer/Editors Michael A. Burkhardt; Sigfrid Karg-Elert
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2004) pp. 15-16, 19
  • Wedding Processionals and Recessionals: With Orchestral General Midi Registrations
    Composer/Editors Rodney Barbour; Sigfrid Karg-Elert
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2004) pp. 26
  • Hymn Tune Portraits
    Composer/Editor Ronald A. Nelson
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2003) pp. 6
  • Album of Choral Preludes from Olden and Modern Times for Organ: Complete - A Kalmus Classic Edition
    Composer/Editor Michael Gotthard Fischer
    Published By: Warner Brothers Publications, Inc. (1998) pp. 92-93, 111
  • Album of Choral Preludes from Olden and Modern Times for Organ: Complete - A Kalmus Classic Edition K 02044
    Composer/Editor Michael Gotthard Fischer
    Published By: Warner Brothers Publications, Inc. (1998) pp. 92-93, 111
  • Album of Chorale Preludes from Classical to Modern Times: Volume 1: C Major to F Major (Nos. 1-130)
    Composer/Editor Michael Gotthard Fischer
    Published By: The Well-Tempered Press (1998) pp. 52-53, 63
  • Organ Music for Lent and Easter
    Composer/Editor Joyce Jones
    Published By: Warner Brothers Publications, Inc. (1997) pp. 6
  • Composer/Editor Raymond H. Haan
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1996) pp. 5-6
  • Music for a Celebration Set 2
    Composer/Editors Michael A. Burkhardt; Johann Pachelbel
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1995) pp. 18
  • Improvisations on General Hymns
    Composer/Editor Paul O. Manz
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1992) pp. 23
  • The Sacred Organ Journal Volume 21 Number 3 January 1987: A Bi-Monthly Anthology for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Howard Wells; Johann Andreas Streicher
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1987) pp. 75
  • The Church Organist's Library Volume 2 Music for General Use: Easy Organ Music from all Historical Periods for Manuals Only and for Manuals and Pedal
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Johann Gottfried Walther
    Published By: Belwin-Mills Publishing Corporation (1985) pp. 10
  • The Music of Joyce Jones: Organ Solos
    Composer/Editor Joyce Jones
    Published By: Sonos Music Resources Incorporated (1985) pp. 10
  • Composer/Editor Thomas Gieschen
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1984) pp. 5
  • Wedding Music Book IV
    Composer/Editors David N. Johnson; Johann Sebastian Bach
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1984) pp. 15
  • The Church Organist's Library Volume 1 Music for General Use: Easy Organ Music from all Historical Periods for Manuals Only and for Manuals and Pedal
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; James F. Coe
    Published By: Belwin-Mills Publishing Corporation (1983) pp. 82
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 21: General: Ber - Cons
    Composer/Editors Herbert Gotsch; Johann Gottfried Walther
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1983) pp. 38
  • Interpretations Based on Hymn-Tunes Book I: For Organ
    Composer/Editor David M. Cherwien
    Published By: Art Masters Studios, Inc. (1980) pp. 10
  • Preludes on Six Hymntunes
    Composer/Editor James Engel
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1979) pp. 6
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 1 Number 5 August 1979 General, Weddings: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; James F. Coe
    Published By: McAfee Music Corporation (1979) pp. 30
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 1 Number 6 October 1979 General, All Saints, Reformation, Thanksgiving: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Johann Gottfried Walther
    Published By: McAfee Music Corporation (1979) pp. 8
  • The Sacred Organ Folio No. 1
    Composer/Editor Johann Gottfried Walther
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1970) pp. 52
  • The Sacred Organ Journal Volume 4 Number 6 July 1970: A Bi-Monthly Anthology for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Gilbert M. Martin; Johann Gottfried Walther
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1970) pp. 52
  • Twenty Chorale-Preludes, Four Inventions and a Fugue
    Composer/Editor Randall Thompson
    Published By: E. C. Schirmer Music Company (1970) pp. 3, 20
  • Hymn Preludes for the Liturgical Year Volume XII The Lord's Day: Beginning and Close of Worship: For Organ in 24 Volumes Opus 100
    Composer/Editor Flor Peeters
    Published By: C. F. Peters Corporation (1966) pp. 20
  • Ten Chorale Improvisations Set II
    Composer/Editor Paul O. Manz
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1964) pp. 15
  • Ten Chorale Improvisations Set II: Opus 7
    Composer/Editor Paul O. Manz
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1964) pp. 15
  • Seasonal Chorale Preludes with Pedals: Book 1 Advent Christmas Epiphany Lent Passiontide General
    Composer/Editor C. H. Trevor
    Published By: Oxford University Press (1963) pp. 23
  • Hymntune Preludes for the Organ Volume III: Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity, Special Services
    Composer/Editor G. Winston Cassler
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1962) pp. 1
  • Season Chorale Preludes For Manuals Only Book I: Advent Christmas Epiphany Lent Passiontide General
    Composer/Editors C. H. Trevor; Johann Gottfried Walther
    Published By: Oxford University Press (1962) pp. 27-28
  • The Parish Organist Part Ten: Music for Funerals and Memorial Services
    Composer/Editors Thomas Gieschen; Johann Pachelbel
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1962) pp. 46
  • The Parish Organist Part One: One Hundred Twenty Chorale Preludes, Voluntaries, and Postludes by Older Masters and Contemporary Composers
    Composer/Editors Heinrich Fleischer; Johann Pachelbel
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1953) pp. 47
  • The Parish Organist Parts I to IV: One Hundred Twenty Chorale Preludes, Voluntaries, and Postludes by Older Masters and Contemporary Composers
    Composer/Editors Heinrich Fleischer; Johann Pachelbel
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1953) pp. 41
  • Wedding Music Part 2: Hymn Tune Preludes General Service Music
    Composer/Editors Edward W. Klammer; Sigfrid Karg-Elert
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1952) pp. 1
  • Wedding Music Part II: Hymn Tune Preludes for Use at Church Weddings, Anniversaries and Other Festive Occasions
    Composer/Editor Sigfrid Karg-Elert
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1952) pp. 1
  • 80 Chorale Preludes: German Masters of the 17th and 18th Centuries
    Composer/Editors Hermann Keller; Johann Gottfried Walther
    Published By: C. F. Peters Corporation (1951) pp. 31-32
  • Ten Chorale Preludes for Organ Opus 68: 30 Chorale Preludes On Well-Known Hymn Tunes for Organ
    Composer/Editor Flor Peeters
    Published By: C. F. Peters Corporation (1950) pp. 12
  • Reger: 30 Short Chorale Preludes: For Organ
    Composer/Editor Max Reger
    Published By: C. F. Peters Corporation (1949) pp. 3
  • The Church Organist's Golden Treasury Volume One -- An Anthology of Choral Preludes: Carl F. Pfatteicher
    Composer/Editors Archibald T. Davison; Johann Gottfried Walther
    Published By: Oliver Ditson Company (1949) pp. 110-111
  • 76 Offertories on Hymns & Chorales
    Composer/Editor Albert Beck
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1945) pp. 9
  • Choral Vorfpiele Fur Orgel Op. 67 Notebook 1: Zweiundfunfzig leicht ausfuhrbare Vorspiele zu den gebrauchlichsten evangelischen Choralen
    Composer/Editor Max Reger
    Published By: Bote & Bock (1931) pp. 8
  • Choral-Improvisations for Organ Op. 65 Volume 1: For Advent and Christmastide
    Composer/Editor Sigfrid Karg-Elert
    Published By: Edward B. Marks Music Company pp. 2

Instruments: Organ and Brass

  • Organ Plus Brass - Five Chorale Preludes of the Romantic Period for Brass Choir and Organ: Volume II
    Composer/Editors Carsten Klomp; Heiko Petersen
    Published By: Barenreiter Kassel (2012) pp. 17

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