DARMSTADT (Fritsch)

Composer: Ahasuer Fritsch

Born: De­cem­ber 16, 1629, Mücheln, Sax­o­ny. Died: Au­gust 24, 1701, Ru­dol­stadt, Ger­ma­ny. With help from the fam­ily of a young no­ble he tu­tored, Fritsch re­ceived a good ed­u­ca­tion, earn­ing his law de­gree from the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Jena in 1661. He lat­er be­came chan­cel­lor of the un­i­ver­si­ty and pres­i­dent of the Con­sis­to­ry of Ru­dol­stadt. He wrote on num­er­ous sub­jects, in­clud­ing an­ti­qui­ties, law, and re­li­gion, and col­lect­ed hymns. Hymns-- "Liebster Im­man­u­el, Herzog der Frommen" "Dearest Im­man­u­el, Prince of the Lowly" Music-- WAS FRAG' ICH NACH DER WELT --www.cyberhymnal.org/bio  Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: DARMSTADT (Fritsch)
Composer: Ahasuer Fritsch (1679, a.)
Meter: 6.7.6.7.6.6.6.6
Incipit: 53215 56622 54321
Key: C Major
Source: Himmels-Lust, 1679
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Also known as:

  • WAS FRAG ICH NACH DER WELT
  • O GOTT DU FROMMER GOTT

Composed by Ahasuerus Fritsch (b. Mücheln on the Geissel, near Merseburg, Germany, 1629; d. Rudolstadt, Germany, 1701), DARMSTADT first appeared in his Himmels-Lust und Welt-Unlust (1679). The melody was altered when it was published in the 1698 Darmstadt Geistreiches Gesangbuch and in several other eighteenth-century German hymnals. The tune is also known as O GOTT, DU FROMMER GOTT (named after the Heermann text) and as WAS FRAG ICH NACH DER WELT (named after an association with a text in the Darmstadt hymnal).

Fritsch grew up during the turbulent time of the Thirty Years' War, and his family was often forced to flee for their lives. He was educated at the University of Jena and later became chancellor of that university. He also served as president of the church's consistory in Rudolstadt and edited two collections of hymns.

The harmonization comes from Cantata 45 by Johann S. Bach (PHH 7); he also used the tune in cantatas 64, 94, and 133. This noble tune has short phrases that should be sung in four long lines; observe small fermatas at the end of each of the first two lines. Use solid organ tone to support congregational singing in unison or in parts. Keep the energy lively.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1989

Arrangements

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Organ Volume 9: Evangelical Lutheran Worship Hymns 755 - 818
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Marissa Bauck; David P. Dahl
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2009) pp. 806
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Piano Volume 9: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 755 - 818
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Marissa Bauck; Anne Krentz Organ
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2009) pp. 806
  • The Art of Hymn Playing Volume 2: 250 Preludes Introductions Free Accompaniments & Alternate Harmonizations
    Composer/Editor Charles Callahan
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2009) pp. 50, 172-177
  • The Art of Hymn Playing Volume 2: 250 Preludes Introductions Free Accompaniments & Alternate Harmonizations
    Composer/Editor Charles Callahan
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2009) pp. 50
  • 120 More Musical Gifts Part 7 Series Two: Variations on Hymn Tunes - Rendez a Dieu to Were You There
    Composer/Editors Adrienne Tindall; Robert Lind
    Published By: Darcey Press (2006) pp. 723
  • 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. 152
  • 22 Hymn Introductions
    Composer/Editor Kevin J. Sadowski
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1997) pp. 45
  • Easy Hymn Accompaniments for Organ or Piano: Set III
    Composer/Editor Edward H. Myer
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1996) pp. 71-72
  • More Last Verses: Another Two Hundred Varied Hymn Tune Harmonies
    Composer/Editor Noel Rawsthorne
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1996) pp. 49
  • Twenty Hymn Introductions- Musica Sacra: For the Organ
    Composer/Editor James Engel
    Published By: Northwestern Publishing House (1988) pp. 27
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 41: General: Walt - Werde
    Composer/Editors Richard Hillert; Flor Peeters
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1986) pp. 17
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 15: Lesser Festivals: K - Z
    Composer/Editors Herbert Gotsch; Thomas Gieschen
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1983) pp. 43
  • Twenty-One Hymn Introductions Volume IV: Opus 56
    Composer/Editor Jan Bender
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1980) pp. 38
  • Organ Descants for Selected Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor G. Winston Cassler
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1972) pp. 25
  • Intonations for the Hymn of the Week
    Composer/Editor Theodore Beck
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1969) pp. 30
  • Free Hymn Accompaniments for Manuals: Book II
    Composer/Editor David N. Johnson
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1966) pp. 10
  • The Hymn of the Week: Tabulatura Americana Pars Prima Organ Settings
    Composer/Editor Jan Bender
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1961) pp. 45

Organ Solo

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  • Hymn Prelude Library Volume Eight Tunes NO: Lutheran Service Book
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    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2015) pp. 82
  • Hymn Prelude Library Volume Seven Tunes M: Lutheran Service Book
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  • For Preludes for Trust
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    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2010) pp. 8
  • Four Preludes for Trust
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    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2009) pp. 52
  • 120 More Musical Gifts Part 7 Series Two: Variations on Hymn Tunes - Rendez a Dieu to Were You There
    Composer/Editors Adrienne Tindall; Robert Lind
    Published By: Darcey Press (2006) pp. 723-725, 728
  • Music for a Celebration Set 4: Chorale Settings from the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries
    Composer/Editors Michael A. Burkhardt; Johann Sebastian Bach
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2005) pp. 25
  • The Master Organ Works of Jan Bender Volume 1: Chorale Preludes for Organ or Piano
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    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2005) pp. 72
  • 83 Musical Gifts Part 2: Variations on Hymn Tunes -- Hanover to Saint Agnes
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    Published By: Darcey Press (2004) pp. 285
  • The Organist's Library Volume 34
    Composer/Editor David Paxton
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2003) pp. 74
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 66 Number 2 November December 2002: A Bi-monthly Anthology for the Church Organist
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    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2002) pp. 74
  • Gather in Praise: Ten Hymns of Praise for Organ
    Composer/Editor Eugene McCluskey
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2001) pp. 15
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 63 Number 3 January February 2000: A Bi-Monthly Anthology for the Church Organist
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    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2000) pp. 15
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 21 Number 2 January 1999 General, Lent, Holy Week, Funerals: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Guy Hayden
    Published By: McAfee Music Corporation (1999) pp. 8
  • Nine Easy Hymn Preludes and Hymn Settings - Book One: For Organ
    Composer/Editor Edward H. Meyer
    Published By: Northwestern Publishing House (1997) pp. 18
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 15 Number 2 January 1993 General, Lent, Holy Week, Funerals: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Don Freudenberg
    Published By: Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc. (1993) pp. 14
  • Improvisations on Classic Chorales
    Composer/Editor Paul O. Manz
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1992) pp. 25
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 9 Number 5 August 1987 General, Weddings: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Johann Ludwig Krebs
    Published By: McAfee Music Corporation (1987) pp. 26
  • Organ Music for Funerals and Memorial Services Book I
    Composer/Editors Wilbur C. Held; Johann Sebastian Bach
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1986) pp. 24
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 41: General: Walt - Werde
    Composer/Editors Richard Hillert; Flor Peeters
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1986) pp. 16
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 15: Lesser Festivals: K - Z
    Composer/Editors Herbert Gotsch; Thomas Gieschen
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1983) pp. 42
  • Wedding Music Book III
    Composer/Editors David N. Johnson; Sigfrid Karg-Elert
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1983) pp. 12
  • O Worship the King: Hymn and Chorale Settings for the Organ
    Composer/Editor Raymond H. Haan
    Published By: Broadman Press (1979) pp. 46
  • The Organist Volume 79 Number 4 September 1975: A Bi-monthly Magazine for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Roger C. Wilson; David H. Hegarty
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1975) pp. 22
  • Organ Voluntaries in Three Volumes Volume 2
    Composer/Editor Alexander Schreiner
    Published By: J. Fischer & Brothers (1973) pp. 48
  • Ten Chorale Improvisations Set III
    Composer/Editor Paul O. Manz
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1970) pp. 10
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 33 Number 6 August 1970: A Bi-Monthly Anthology for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Lani Smith; Johann Sebastian Bach
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1970) pp. 43
  • The Parish Organist Part Eleven: Thirty-five Preludes on Familiar Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editors Willem Mudde; Richard Hillert
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1966) pp. 14
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 24 Number 2 December 1960 Number 140: A Bi-Monthly Magazine for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Ellen Jane Lorenz; Sigfrid Karg-Elert
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1960) pp. 46
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 24 Number 2 December 1960 Number 140: A Bi-Monthly Magazine for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Ellen Jane Lorenz; Sigfrid Karg-Elert
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1960) pp. 46
  • The Parish Organist Part Three: One Hundred Twenty Chorale Preludes, Voluntaries, and Postludes by Older Masters and Contemporary Composers
    Composer/Editors Heinrich Fleischer; Johann Gottfried Walther
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1953) pp. 18
  • 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 Gottfried Walther
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1953) pp. 128
  • The Church Organist's Golden Treasury Volume Three-- An Anthology of Choral Preludes: Carl F. Pfatteicher
    Composer/Editors Archibald T. Davison; Johann Gottfried Walther
    Published By: Oliver Ditson Company (1951) pp. 34, 36
  • 30 Chorale Preludes on Well-Known Hymn Tunes Book 2 Opus 69: For Organ
    Composer/Editor Flor Peeters
    Published By: C. F. Peters Corporation (1950) pp. 16
  • 30 Chorale Preludes on Well-Known Hymn Tunes Book 2 Opus 69: For Organ
    Composer/Editor Flor Peeters
    Published By: C. F. Peters Corporation (1950) pp. 16
  • 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. 6
  • Ten Chorale Preludes for Organ Opus 69: 30 Chorale Preludes On Well-Known Hymn Tunes for Organ
    Composer/Editor Flor Peeters
    Published By: C. F. Peters Corporation (1950) pp. 16, 18-20
  • Reger: 30 Short Chorale Preludes: For Organ
    Composer/Editor Max Reger
    Published By: C. F. Peters Corporation (1949) pp. 19
  • Memorial Collection of Organ Preludes and Variations: Anthology of Sacred Music: Selections from the Musical Heritage of the Church
    Composer/Editors Johann Gottfried Walther; Walter E. Buszin
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1948) pp. 92, 94
  • 76 Offertories on Hymns & Chorales
    Composer/Editor Albert Beck
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1945) pp. 61
  • Seventy-nine Chorales for the Organ Opus 28
    Composer/Editor Marcel Dupre
    Published By: The H. W. Gray Company (1932) pp. 70
  • Choral-Improvisations for Organ Op. 65 Volume 4: For Ascensiontide and Pentecost
    Composer/Editor Sigfrid Karg-Elert
    Published By: Edward B. Marks Music Company pp. 32
  • Choral-Improvisations for Organ Op. 65 Volume 5: For Reformation Day, Fast Days, Communion and Funeral Rites
    Composer/Editor Sigfrid Karg-Elert
    Published By: Edward B. Marks Music Company pp. 22

Piano Solo

  • Piano Preludes on Hymns and Chorales: A Collection of Service and Recital Literature by Composers Past and Present
    Composer/Editor Reginald Gerig
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (1959) pp. 42

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