JESU, MEINE FREUDE

JESU, MEINE FREUDE

Composer: Johann Crüger (1653)
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Composer: Johann Crüger

Johann Crüger (b. Grossbriesen, near Guben, Prussia, Germany, 1598; d. Berlin, Germany, 1662) Crüger attended the Jesuit College at Olmutz and the Poets' School in Regensburg, and later studied theology at the University of Wittenberg. He moved to Berlin in 1615, where he published music for the rest of his life. In 1622 he became the Lutheran cantor at the St. Nicholas Church and a teacher for the Gray Cloister. He wrote music instruction manuals, the best known of which is Synopsis musica (1630), and tirelessly promoted congregational singing. With his tunes he often included elaborate accom­paniment for various instruments. Crüger's hymn collection, Neues vollkomliches Gesangbuch (1640), was one of the first hymnals to include figure… Go to person page >

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Title: JESU, MEINE FREUDE
Composer: Johann Crüger (1653)
Meter: 6.6.5.6.6.5.7.8.6
Incipit: 55433 21155 67171
Key: c minor
Source: German Traditional
Copyright: Public Domain

Texts

Jesus, Priceless Treasure

Jesus, priceless treasure,
source of purest pleasure,
friend most sure and true:
long my heart was burning,
fainting much and yearning,
thirsting, Lord, for you.
Yours I am, O spotless Lamb,
so will I let nothing hide you,
seek no joy beside you!

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Notes

Johann Crüger (PHH 42) composed JESU, MEINE FREUDE, a bar form tune (AAB) written for this text. Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) incorporated the tune into his cantatas 12, 64, 81, and 87 and composed a beautiful motet and several organ preludes on the melody.

Sing this great chorale in harmony throughout. For more elaborate and meditative use intersperse the sung stanzas with organ preludes on the tune.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987

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