|Composer (attr.):||Martin Herbst (1676)|
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AUS DER TIEFE (also called HEINLEIN) was published in the Nürnbergisches Gesang-Buch (1676-77) as a setting for Christoph Schwamlein's text based on Psalm 130 "Aus der Tiefe rufe ich" ("Out of the Depths I Cry"). In that songbook the tune was attributed to "M. H.," initials that are generally accepted to refer to Martin Herbst (b. Rothenbach, Germany, 1654; d. Eisleben, Germany, 1681). Herbst was educated in theology and philosophy at the universities of Altdorf and Jena. In 1680 he became rector of the gymnasium (high school) and pastor of St. Andrew Church in Eisleben. The following year he died of the plague.
In the Psalter Hymnal, AUS DER TIEFE is in isorhythm, but its harmonization helps to keep it a "humble handmaiden" for the psalm text. Sing the tune in parts, and add a Picardy third on the final chord of stanza 2. The key and opening notes are the same as in Psalm 130; they share the same key and opening notes.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988