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JESU, MEINE FREUDE (Crüger)

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 >

Tune Information

Title: JESU, MEINE FREUDE (Crüger)
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

Arrangements

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • Free Harmonizations of Favorite Hymns Volume 4: The Easter Season
    Composer/Editor James M. Guthrie
    Published By: Self-published (2017) pp. LL
  • Assist Me To Proclaim: Alternate Hymn Settings Volume 1
    Composer/Editor Henry V. Gerike
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2009) pp. 48
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Organ Volume 9: Evangelical Lutheran Worship Hymns 755 - 818
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Marissa Bauck; Benjamin M. Culli
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2009) pp. 775
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Piano Volume 9: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 755 - 818
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Marissa Bauck; Richard Lind
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2009) pp. 775
  • 150 Last Verse Harmonies: For Use with the Hymn Books of the Baptist, Methodist, United Reformed and Other Free Churches
    Composer/Editor John Alley
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2007) pp. 62
  • 200 New Last Verses
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2007) pp. 97
  • 120 More Musical Gifts Part 5 Series Two: Variations on Hymn Tunes - Erhalt Uns Herr to Lauda Anima
    Composer/Editors Adrienne Tindall; Charles Raasch
    Published By: Darcey Press (2006)
  • Twenty-Five Organ Harmonizations Set II: Alternate Hymn Settings in Various Styles
    Composer/Editor Harold J. Owen
    Published By: GIA Publications, Inc. (2002) pp. 9
  • Creative Hymn Accompaniments for Organ: Volume 3
    Composer/Editor Gerhard Krapf
    Published By: The Sacred Music Press (1996) pp. 15
  • Fantasies on Nine Familiar Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor Gerald Kemner
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (1990)
  • Free Harmonizations of Hymn Tunes: Volume II
    Composer/Editor D. DeWitt Wasson
    Published By: Hinshaw Music, Inc. (1986) pp. 132
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 29: General: Jes - K
    Composer/Editors Herbert Gotsch; Paul Bouman
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1984) pp. 9
  • Hymns for the Church Year: 68 Accompaniment Settings for Keyboard of the Hymns of the Day
    Composer/Editor Roger Petrich
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1980) pp. 34
  • Intonations for the Hymn of the Week
    Composer/Editor Theodore Beck
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1969) pp. 18
  • The Hymn of the Week: Tabulatura Americana Pars Prima Organ Settings
    Composer/Editor Jan Bender
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1961) pp. 24

Organ Solo

  • In Memoriam: Funeral Music for Organ
    Composer/Editor Michael A. Burkhardt
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2018) pp. 25
  • 7 Hymn Preludes Set 6
    Composer/Editor Donald Rotermund
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2015) pp. 20
  • Hymn Prelude Library Volume Six Tunes JKL: Lutheran Service Book
    Composer/Editors Kevin J. Hildebrand; Stephen P. Johnson
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2014) pp. 18
  • Augsburg Organ Library Healing and Funeral
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Robert Lind
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2013) pp. 63
  • Heaven Is My Home: Easy Organ Preludes and Postludes for Funerals and Memorials
    Composer/Editors Mary F. Carbello; Kevin J. Hildebrand
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2013) pp. 21
  • Heaven Is My Home: Easy Organ Preludes and Postludes for Funerals and Memorials
    Composer/Editors Mary F. Carbello; Charles W. Ore
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2013) pp. 18
  • Easy Organ Library Volume 53
    Composer/Editor Gilbert M. Martin
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2012) pp. 64
  • Hymn Inventions Volume 1: 9 Chorale Preludes for the Church Year
    Composer/Editor Sam Eatherton
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2007) pp. 10
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 29 Number 2 January 2007 General, Lent, Holy Week Funerals: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
    Published By: McAfee Music Corporation (2007)
  • The Ultimate Organ Book: For Weddings, Funerals & the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Hal H. Hopson; Johann Gottfried Walther
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (2007) pp. 194
  • 120 More Musical Gifts Part 5 Series Two: Variations on Hymn Tunes - Erhalt Uns Herr to Lauda Anima
    Composer/Editors Adrienne Tindall; Charles Raasch
    Published By: Darcey Press (2006) pp. 290, 296, 298, 300
  • Hymn Series, Volume II: For Organ Solo
    Composer/Editor Aaron David Miller
    Published By: Paraclete Press (2006) pp. 11
  • Six General Hymn Improvisations Set 3
    Composer/Editor Michael A. Burkhardt
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2005) pp. 4
  • The Master Organ Works of Jan Bender Volume 1: Chorale Preludes for Organ or Piano
    Composer/Editors Jan Bender; David Fienen
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2005) pp. 32
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 27 Number 2 January 2005 General, Lent, Holy Week, Funerals: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; August Reinhard
    Published By: McAfee Music Corporation (2005)
  • Thine the Glory: Accessible Organ Music for Lent and Easter
    Composer/Editor Michael A. Burkhardt
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2005) pp. 8
  • Organ Images for Fall and Winter
    Composer/Editor Robert Lind
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2004) pp. 28
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 27 Number 1 November 2004 General, Advent, Christmas, Epiphany: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; George Lachenauer
    Published By: McAfee Music Corporation (2004)
  • Six Hymn Improvisations Set 4
    Composer/Editor Kevin J. Hildebrand
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2003) pp. 9
  • To the Point: Short Chorale Preludes for Organ
    Composer/Editor Edward Eicker
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2003) pp. 14
  • Album of Choral Preludes from Olden and Modern Times for Organ: Complete - A Kalmus Classic Edition
    Composer/Editor August Reinhard
    Published By: Warner Brothers Publications, Inc. (1998)
  • Album of Chorale Preludes from Classical to Modern Times: Volume 1: C Major to F Major (Nos. 1-130)
    Composer/Editor Carl Karow
    Published By: The Well-Tempered Press (1998) pp. 26
  • Hymn Meditations for Organ Volume 1
    Composer/Editor Gerhard Krapf
    Published By: The Sacred Music Press (1997) pp. 20
  • Partita on Jesus, Priceless Treasure
    Composer/Editor Gary R. Smoke
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1996) pp. 3
  • Twelve Chorale Improvisations: for Organ
    Composer/Editor Lindsay Lafford
    Published By: The H. W. Gray Company (1996) pp. 6
  • Twelve Hymn Preludes for Organ
    Composer/Editor James Pethel
    Published By: CPP/Belwin, Inc. (1994) pp. 29
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 15 Number 2 January 1993 General, Lent, Holy Week, Funerals: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Horace Fishback
    Published By: Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc. (1993)
  • Composer/Editor Paul O. Manz
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1992) pp. 16, 20
  • 11 Compositions for Organ Set V
    Composer/Editor Charles W. Ore
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1991) pp. 33
  • Chorale Preludes by Old Masters Volume III: For Organ
    Composer/Editors Karl Straube; Johann Gottfried Walther
    Published By: Masters Music Publications, Inc. (1991) pp. 29
  • Fantasies on Nine Familiar Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor Gerald Kemner
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (1990) pp. 24
  • Chorale Preludes for Organ
    Composer/Editor James Mansfield
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1986) pp. 48
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 29: General: Jes - K
    Composer/Editors Herbert Gotsch; Paul Bouman
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1984) pp. 8
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 6 Number 2 February 1984 General, Lent, Holy Week, Funerals: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; G. Winston Cassler
    Published By: McAfee Music Corporation (1984) pp. 16
  • Jesus, Priceless Treasure: Preludes for Church Organists
    Composer/Editor James Pethel
    Published By: Broadman Press (1981) pp. 2
  • The Sacred Organ Folio No. 24
    Composer/Editor Johann Sebastian Bach
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1981) pp. 38
  • The Sacred Organ Journal Volume 16 Number 2 November 1981: A Bi-monthly Anthology For Church Organists
    Composer/Editor Howard Wells
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1981)
  • In Sacred Memory: Communion Meditations for Organ
    Composer/Editors Eugene McCluskey; Roger C. Wilson
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1980) pp. 46
  • Five Pieces and Three Fanfares for Organ: For Seasonal, Wedding and General Use
    Composer/Editor Mark Copeland
    Published By: Belwin-Mills Publishing Corporation (1975) pp. 4
  • Ten Chorale Improvisations Set V: Opus 14
    Composer/Editor Paul O. Manz
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1974) pp. 25
  • 9 Chorale Preludes
    Composer/Editor David A. Schack
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1971) pp. 14
  • Ten Chorale Improvisations Set III: Opus 9
    Composer/Editor Paul O. Manz
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1970) pp. 6
  • The Sacred Organ Folio No. 1
    Composer/Editor Johann Gottfried Walther
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1970) pp. 25
  • Eight Organ Chorales: Contemporary Settings by Alan Stout
    Composer/Editor Alan Stout
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1969) pp. 8
  • 20 Services for the Church Organist: New interpretations of familiar hymns . . . Suitable for the Church or home
    Composer/Editor Sam Ellson
    Published By: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation (1968) pp. 121
  • Seven Hymn Preludes: for Organ
    Composer/Editor Emma Lou Diemer
    Published By: Harold Flammer Music Publishers Incorporated (1968) pp. 16
  • A Galaxy of Hymn-Tune Preludes for Organ: For the Church Service, Study, or Recital
    Composer/Editor Irwin Fischer
    Published By: Galaxy Music Corporation (1966) pp. 33
  • An Organ Festival of Hymn-Tune Preludes & Postludes
    Composer/Editor Sharon Elery Rogers
    Published By: Gregorian Institute of America (G. I. A.) (1965) pp. 25
  • The Organist Volume 66 Number 6 January 1963: A Bi-monthly Magazine for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Rob Roy Peery; Johann Cr
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1963)
  • Hymntune Preludes for the Organ Volume III: Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity, Special Services
    Composer/Editor G. Winston Cassler
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1962) pp. 22
  • Season Chorale Preludes For Manuals Only Book I: Advent Christmas Epiphany Lent Passiontide General
    Composer/Editors C. H. Trevor; Frederick Wilhelm Zachau
    Published By: Oxford University Press (1962) pp. 9
  • The Church Year: Easy Organ Voluntaries for Liturgical Church Use
    Composer/Editors Howard Zettervall; Johann Cr
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1961)
  • The Church Year Number One: Easy Organ Voluntaries for Liturgical Church Use
    Composer/Editors Howard Zettervall; Johann Crüger
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1961) pp. 21
  • Organ Music for Christmas Volume II: Seventeen Short Pieces (Manuals Only)
    Composer/Editor C. H. Trevor
    Published By: Oxford University Press (1960) pp. 17
  • Festival Anthology for Organ
    Composer/Editors E. Power Biggs; Johann Sebastian Bach
    Published By: Associated Music Publishers, Inc. (1959) pp. 60
  • Thirty-Five Interludes on Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor Joseph W. Clokey
    Published By: J. Fischer & Brothers (1958) pp. 12
  • Liturgical Chorale Book: Fifteen Chorale Preludes
    Composer/Editor Anton Wilhelm Leupold
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1955) pp. 1
  • Wedding Music Part II: Hymn Tune Preludes General Service Music
    Composer/Editor Johann Sebastian Bach
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1952) pp. 20
  • 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. 109, 113
  • Ten Chorale Preludes for Organ Opus 68: 30 Chorale Preludes On Well-Known Hymn Tunes for Organ
    Composer/Editor Flor Peeters
    Published By: C. F. Peters Corporation (1950) pp. 20
  • The Liturgical Year (Orgelbüchlein): Forty-five Organ Chorals
    Composer/Editors Johann Sebastian Bach; Alrbert Riemenschneider
    Published By: Oliver Ditson Company (1933) pp. 33
  • Seventy-nine Chorales for the Organ Opus 28
    Composer/Editor Marcel Dupre
    Published By: The H. W. Gray Company (1932) pp. 50
  • Choral-Improvisations for Organ Op. 65 Volume 4: For Ascensiontide and Pentecost
    Composer/Editor Sigfrid Karg-Elert
    Published By: Edward B. Marks Music Company pp. 12

Piano Duet+: Piano Duet One Piano

  • Sacred Classics 4 Hands 1 Piano
    Composer/Editor Tedd Smith
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (1974)

Piano Solo

Instruments: Instrumental Solo with Organ

  • Choral Preludes from the 18th Century: For Organ with a Wind Instrument
    Composer/Editor Tamas Zaszkaliczky
    Published By: Editio Musica Budapest (1986)
  • Hymntune Duets for C Instruments and Organ
    Composer/Editor G. Winston Cassler
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1970)

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