|Title:||JESU, MEINES LEBENS LEBEN (11756)|
|Composer:||Christoph Anton (c. 1642)|
|Incipit:||11765 67113 34433|
|Source:||Das grosse Cantionale, Darmstadt, 1687|
The composer of the tune is unknown; it was first published in Das grosse Cantional: oder Kirchen-Gesangbuch (Darmstadt, 1687) to the text "Alle Menschen mussen sterben" by J. G. Albinus; some Baroque organ works are associated with that text. The tune became associated with Homburg's text since they were published together in Anhang, An das Gothaische Cantional (1776). The meditative tune is a good match for this text. It is in bar form (AAB) with a dotted pattern in each of the four lines, which provides rhythmic interest. Sing either in parts or in unison. Use a larger organ registration for the refrain. The tune is easily adapted for organ trio-style accompaniment (played on two manuals and pedal).
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook