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EISENACH (Gesius)

Composer: Bartholomäus Gesius

Bartholomaeus Gesius; b. 1555, Muencheberg, near Frankfort; d. 1613 or 14, Wittenberg Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal, 1908 Go to person page >

Adapter: Johann Hermann Schein

Schein, Johann Hermann, son of Hieronymus Schein, pastor at Griinhain, near Annaberg, in Saxony, was born at Grünhain, Jan. 20,1586. He matriculated at the University of Leipzig in 1607, and studied there for four years. Thereafter he acted for some time as a private tutor, including two years with a family at Weissenfels. On May 21, 1615, he was appointed Capellmeister, at the court of Duke Johann Ernst, of Sachse-Weimar; and in 1616 he became cantor of I3t. Thomas's Church, and music director at Leipzig, in succession to Seth Calvisius (d. Nov. 24, 1615). This post he held till his death, at Leipzig, Nov. 19, 1630. Schein was one of the most distinguished musicians of his time, both as an original composer, and as a harmoniser of the… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Adapter: Johann Hermann Schein (1628)
Composer: Bartholomäus Gesius
Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.8
Incipit: 13455 43256 71766 5
Key: D Major
Source: Gotha Cational, 1715
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

MACHS MIT MIR was first published in the collection of music Das ander Theil des andern newen Operis Geistlicher Deutscher Lieder (1605) by Bartholomäus Gesius (b. Münchenberg, near Frankfurt, Germany, c. 1555; d. Frankfurt, 1613). A prolific composer, Gesius wrote almost exclusively for the church. Gesius studied theology at the University of Frankfurt and pursued his musical studies privately. He was a cantor in Münchenberg, a private tutor for a poet's family in Muskau, and a cantor at the Marienkirche in Frankfurt from 1593 until his death. He composed numerous settings for pre-Reformation Latin songs and for Reformation hymns (with Luther's hymns well represented) and published them in ten volumes, including his Psalmodia Choralis and Geistliche deutsche Lieder (1601). He also wrote a St. John Passion (1588), a St. Matthew Passion (1613), important settings of the Magnificat (1607), and a theoretical work, Synopsis musicae practicae (1609).

Johann H. Schein later adapted Gesius's tune for his own hymn text "Machs mit mir, Gott" (1628)–from which the tune got its name–and published it in the second edition of his famous Cantional (1645). [Hymnary ed. note: Schein died in 1630, so someone else published the second edition] Johann S. Bach (PsH 7) used the tune in his St. John Passion (1724) and in his Cantatas 139 and 156. An isorhythmic version of the tune was published in the 1959 Psalter Hymnal under the name EISENACH. Dale Grotenhuis (PsH 4) prepared the harmonization in 1985 for the 1987 Psalter Hymnal.

Like so many chorales, MACHS MIT MIR is in bar form (AAB); its rhythms alternate between duple and triple–in this case the use of the two main forms of musical rhythm is a nice way of suggesting that God's providence covers all! Unison singing may be best on the stanzas, with harmonizing optional on the refrain. Sing this tune with much energy to an animating tempo.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #658
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #747
Text: Captain of Israel's Host
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #951
Text: Come Then, Thou Prophet of the Lord
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #985
Text: Come, Follow Me, the Savior Spake
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #1760
Text: Great God, Who, Hid from Mortal Sight
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #3705
Text: Lord God of Morning
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #5886
Text: Salvation Is Forever Nigh
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #6679
Text: Thou Hallowed Chosen Morn of Praise
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #6865
Text: To Realms of Glory
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #9890
Text: Do We Not Know That Solemn Word?
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #10440
Text: One Sits Upon The Throne
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #190
Text: God's Gift It Is to Eat and Drink
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
Small Church Music #6351
Text: 慈愛與憐憫 (Love is Your name, dear God)
  • PDF Score (PDF)
Small Church Music #6898
Text: Kas mūsu vara, mūsu spēks (Our power, our strength)
  • PDF Score (PDF)

Instances

Instances (1 - 58 of 58)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #149Text
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #689bText
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #570
Catholic Book of Worship III #411
Catholic Book of Worship III #412
Catholic Book of Worship III #464
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #658Tune InfoScoreAudio
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #453TextPage Scan
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #354TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #79
Common Praise (1998) #208TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #644Page Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #118Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #369bTextPage Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #516TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #422TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #799TextPage Scan
Glaubenslieder #291
Glaubenslieder #324
Glaubenslieder #501Text
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #198TextPage Scan
Hymnal: A Worship Book #437
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #21
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #49
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #64
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #510Text
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #359
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #498
Lutheran Service Book #688TextPage Scan
Lutheran Worship #379Text
Moravian Book of Worship #438
Moravian Book of Worship #479TextPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #190Text InfoTune InfoScoreAudio
Small Church Music #1211Audio
Small Church Music #2366Audio
Small Church Music #2504Audio
Small Church Music #4275Audio
Small Church Music #6351Audio
Small Church Music #6898Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #747TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #951TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #985TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #1760TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #3705TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5886TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #6679TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #6865TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #9890TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #10440TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #122TextPage Scan
The New English Hymnal #209TextPage Scan
The New English Hymnal #292bTextPage Scan
The New English Hymnal #425TextPage Scan
Worship (3rd ed.) #405TextPage Scan
Worship (3rd ed.) #715
Worship (4th ed.) #447Flexscore
Worship (4th ed.) #909
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #40Text
Include 68 pre-1979 instances



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