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

Title: EISENACH (Gesius)
Adapter: Johann Hermann Schein (1628)
Composer: Bartholomäus Gesius
Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.8
Incipit: 13455 43256 71766
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

Arrangements

Organ Solo

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  • 150 Hymn Preludes Book 1 Hymn Tune A - K: Short and Playable Pieces in Keys to Match All Popular Hymn Books
    Composer/Editor Richard Lloyd
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  • Treasures of the Singing Church: Organ Literature for the Liturgical Year Volume 2 Tunes I-W
    Composer/Editors Henry V. Gerike; Jeffrey N. Blersch
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2010) pp. 31, 34
  • Hymn Inventions Volume 1: 9 Chorale Preludes for the Church Year
    Composer/Editor Sam Eatherton
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2007) pp. 18
  • The Master Organ Works of Jan Bender Volume 3: Chorale Preludes for Organ (M - Z)
    Composer/Editors Jan Bender; David Fienen
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2005) pp. 5
  • Hymn Preludes for the Church Year Book 2: Ordinary Time
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    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2001) pp. 67
  • An Eternity of Praise 30 Chorale Preludes from Present-Day Germany: European Connection Volume 1
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  • Thine the Praise Volume 1: Organ Meditations on the Hymn Tunes of Carl Schalk
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  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 31: General: Lob - Ma
    Composer/Editors Richard Hillert; Hans-Heinz Haase
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  • Four Chorale Voluntaries
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    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1981) pp. 5
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  • Hymn Preludes for the Liturgical Year Volume XV Confirmation Christian Education: For Organ in 24 Volumes Opus 100
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  • Devotional Hymns for the Organ: With Hammond Registration
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  • Seasonal Chorale Preludes with Pedals: Book II Easter Whitsun Trinity Festivals and General
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    Published By: Oxford University Press (1963) pp. 24
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    Published By: Oliver Ditson Company (1951) pp. 157-158
  • The Church Organist's Golden Treasury Volume Two -- An Anthology of Choral Preludes: Carl F. Pfatteicher
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    Published By: Oliver Ditson Company (1951) pp. 157
  • The Church Organist's Golden Treasury Volume Two -- An Anthology of Choral Preludes: Carl F. Pfatteicher
    Composer/Editors Archibald T. Davison; Johann Gottfried Walther
    Published By: Oliver Ditson Company (1951) pp. 158
  • The Church Organist's Golden Treasury Volume Two -- An Anthology of Choral Preludes: Carl F. Pfatteicher
    Composer/Editors Archibald T. Davison; Johann Gottfried Walther
    Published By: Oliver Ditson Company (1951) pp. 158
  • Choral-Improvisations for Organ Op. 65 Volume 3: For New Year, Easter and other Church Festivals
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Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

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  • Finishing Touch: One Hundred Last Verse Arrangements of Well-Known Hymn Tunes - New and Enlarged Edition
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    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1996) pp. 17
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  • Hymn Harmonizations: 24 Free Organ Accompaniments
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  • 113 Variations on Hymn Tunes for Organ
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  • Intonations for the Hymn of the Week
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    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1969) pp. 32
  • Hymn Tunes with Varied Harmonies Book 9: For Pianoforte or Organ
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    Published By: Edwin Ashdown, Limited (London) (1920) pp. 2

Piano Solo

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    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2014) pp. 9
  • Songs of Everlasting Joy: Artistic Piano Arrangements of Best-loved Hymns
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    Published By: Horizon Publishers & Distributors, Inc. (1980) pp. 7

Voices: Organ and Voice

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Instruments: Instrumental Solo with Organ

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    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2009) pp. 4

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