GELOBT SEI GOTT (Vulpius)

Composer: Melchior Vulpius

Melchior Vulpius; b. about 1560, Wasimgen; d. 1616 in Weimar Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal, 1908 Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Melchior Vulpius (1609)
Meter: 8.8.8 with refrain
Incipit: 17655 67111 25176
Key: C Major

Texts

Good Christians All, Rejoice and Sing

Christ is the King! O Friends Upraise

O Lord of Life, Where'er They Be

O Lord of life, where’er they be,
Safe in Your own eternity,
Now live Your children gloriously.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

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Notes

Melchior Vulpius (b. Wasungen, Henneberg, Germany, c. 1570; d. Weimar, Germany, 1615) composed this tune as a setting for Michael Weisse's hymn "Gelobt sei Gott in höchsten Thron." Weisse's text was published with the tune in Vulpius's Ein Schon Geistlich Gesangbuch (1609). Because the text dates from the early sixteenth century, some scholars think the tune may have older roots.

Born into a poor family named Fuchs, Vulpius 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 (1604, enlarged as Ein schon geistlich Gesanglmch, 1609), and posthumous¬ly in Cantionale Sacrum (1646).

An exuberant tune, GELOBT SEI GOTT (also known as VULPIUS) is in triple meter. It reveals a Baroque playfulness in the syncopations in lines 2 and 3. Although the refrain is barred in triple meter, Germans would have sung it in duple meter with an accent on the second syllable of "alleluia."

Sing in unison or in parts. Try an antiphonal performance in which the choir or antiphonal groups sing the stanzas and the congregation sings the refrain. Choir sopranos could sing the descant by Emily R. Brink (PHH 158) on the refrain. Try also to sing one of the middle stanzas unaccompanied. Use strong, rhythmically precise organ accompaniment, especially on the cadences in phrases 2 and 3. On an average Sunday C major is a suitable key, but try D major on Easter Sunday or other festive days because that key is brighter. "Good Christians All" is also a wonderful piece for a brass choir.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Instances

Instances (1 - 68 of 68)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #105
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #203Text
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #486
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #99
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #266
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #733a
Catholic Book of Worship III #386Flexscore
Catholic Book of Worship III #387
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #212TextPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #423
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #123Tune InfoScoreAudio
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #165TextPage Scan
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #412Text
Common Praise (1998) #211Text
Common Praise (1998) #298Text
Common Praise (1998) #750
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #145Page Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #165Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #241
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #667aTextPage Scan
Discipleship Ministries Collection #11Text
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #366TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #385TextFlexscorePage Scan
Gather (3rd ed.) #571
Gather Comprehensive #481
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #491Page Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #239Text InfoTextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #205Text
Hymnal: A Worship Book #274
Hymnal: A Worship Book #475
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #191
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #275
Hymns to the Living God #177TextPage Scan
Les Chants du Pèlerin #98
Les Chants du Pèlerin #193
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #184TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #470TextPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #475Text
Lutheran Worship #129
Moravian Book of Worship #361TextPage Scan
Moravian Book of Worship #424
Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #477
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #111TextPage Scan
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #530TextFlexscorePage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #397Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #326
Rejoice in the Lord #396
Rejoice in the Lord #592TextPage Scan
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #173
Singing Our Faith: a hymnal for young Catholics #272
Singing the Faith #755
Small Church Music #570Audio
Small Church Music #3486Audio
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #255
The Cyber Hymnal #5106TextScoreAudio
The New Century Hymnal #603Text
The New English Hymnal #107Text
The New English Hymnal #345
The United Methodist Hymnal #630Flexscore
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #137
The Worshiping Church #255TextPage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #270TextPage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #169Text
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #826b
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #873a
Worship (3rd ed.) #500
Worship (4th ed.) #568
Worship and Rejoice #307TextScoreAudio
Include 32 pre-1979 instances



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