FAITHFUL (Bach)

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was born at Eisenach into a musical family and in a town steeped in Reformation history, he received early musical training from his father and older brother, and elementary education in the classical school Luther had earlier attended. Throughout his life he made extraordinary efforts to learn from other musicians. At 15 he walked to L√ľneburg to work as a chorister and study at the convent school of St. Michael. From there he walked 30 miles to Hamburg to hear Johann Reinken, and 60 miles to Celle to become familiar with French composition and performance traditions. Once he obtained a month's leave from his job to hear Buxtehude, but stayed nearly four months. He arranged compositions from Vivaldi and other Itali… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Meter: 8.8.8.4
Incipit: 553(4 )5U1D 76555 3(4)5
Key: C Major
Copyright: Public Domain

Texts

The Heavens Declare Thy Glory

The heavens declare your glory,
the firmament your power;
day unto day the story
repeats from hour to hour.
Night unto night replying,
proclaims in every land,
O Lord, with voice undying,
the wonders of your hand.

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With Happy Voices Singing

O joyous Easter morning

Notes

FAITHFUL is an adaptation of a tune from Johann S. Bach's (PHH 7) well-known aria "Mein gläubiges Herze" ("My heart ever faithful"), found in his Cantata 68. The tune's title is derived from the English translation of the aria's opening words.

A charming tune, FAITHFUL consists of repetitions and variations of just a few motives. Sing in unison with light accompaniment.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Instances

Instances (1 - 8 of 8)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Hymnal: A Worship Book #83
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #29
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #3TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #19DTextAudioPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #429Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Singing the New Testament #123
The Cyber Hymnal #5034TextScoreAudio
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #113TextPage Scan
Include 10 pre-1979 instances



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