LES COMANDEMENS DE DIEU

Composer (attributed to): Louis Bourgeois

Louis Bourgeois (b. Paris, France, c. 1510; d. Paris, 1561). In both his early and later years Bourgeois wrote French songs to entertain the rich, but in the history of church music he is known especially for his contribution to the Genevan Psalter. Apparently moving to Geneva in 1541, the same year John Calvin returned to Geneva from Strasbourg, Bourgeois served as cantor and master of the choristers at both St. Pierre and St. Gervais, which is to say he was music director there under the pastoral leadership of Calvin. Bourgeois used the choristers to teach the new psalm tunes to the congregation. The extent of Bourgeois's involvement in the Genevan Psalter is a matter of scholar­ly debate. Calvin had published several partial psalter… Go to person page >

Harmonizer: Claude Goudimel

The music of Claude Goudimel (b. Besançon, France, c. 1505; d. Lyons, France, 1572) was first published in Paris, and by 1551 he was composing harmonizations for some Genevan psalm tunes-initially for use by both Roman Catholics and Protestants. He became a Calvinist in 1557 while living in the Huguenot community in Metz. When the complete Genevan Psalter with its unison melodies was published in 1562, Goudimel began to compose various polyphonic settings of all the Genevan tunes. He actually composed three complete harmonizations of the Genevan Psalter, usually with the tune in the tenor part: simple hymn-style settings (1564), slightly more complicated harmonizations (1565), and quite elaborate, motet-like settings (1565-1566). The vario… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: LES COMANDEMENS DE DIEU
Composer (attributed to): Louis Bourgeois
Harmonizer: Claude Goudimel (1564)
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Incipit: 11233 44323 43217
Notes: Tune also known as: BOURGEOIS, COMMANDMENTS, GOUDIMEL, LES COMMANDEMENS DE DIEU, HOUR OF NEED, WHEN IN THE HOUR OF UTMOST NEED, BAVA
Key: A♭ Major
Source: Genevan Psalter, 1547;Geneva Psalter, 1547; Setting, 1573;Genevan 141;German Psalter, 1562
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

LES COMMANDEMENS (French for "the commandments"), a rich and graceful tune in the Hypo-Ionian mode (major), was used in the Genevan Psalter (1547) for the Decalogue and for Psalm 140, and later in British psalters and in the Lutheran tradition. The first setting in the Psalter Hymnal derives from Claude Goudimel's (PHH 6) 1564 harmonization; his original harmonization with the melody in the tenor (on facing page in the hymnal) may be used for unison or choral stanzas.

Here are two performance suggestions: (a) the congregation or choir can sing stanzas 1 and 9 as a frame around the solo reading of stanzas 2 through 8 or of the corresponding verses from Scripture; (b) all can sing stanzas 1 and 9 (with the choir singing in harmony from the second setting), and the congregation can sing stanzas 2 through 8 antiphonally in unison. Organists can find preludes by Lutheran composers under the German title for this chorale tune: WENN WIR IN HÖCHSTEN NÖTEN SEIN.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987

Arrangements

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • Thirty-Three Hymn Descants and Melodies for Reformation
    Composer/Editor Patricia D. Backhaus
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2016) pp. 48
  • Twenty-Seven Hymn Harmonizations for Reformation
    Composer/Editor Henry V. Gerike
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2016) pp. 35
  • 150 Last Verse Harmonies: For Use with the Hymn Books of the Baptist, Methodist, United Reformed and Other Free Churches
    Composer/Editor June Nixon
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2007) pp. 68
  • 200 New Last Verses
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2007) pp. 102
  • Free Harmonizations of Hymn Tunes: Volume II
    Composer/Editor D. DeWitt Wasson
    Published By: Hinshaw Music, Inc. (1986) pp. 158
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 41: General: Walt - Werde
    Composer/Editors Richard Hillert; Margarete Jacobi
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1986) pp. 39, 41
  • 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. 30
  • Intonations for the Hymn of the Week
    Composer/Editor Theodore Beck
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1969) pp. 17
  • The Hymn of the Week: Tabulatura Americana Pars Prima Organ Settings
    Composer/Editor Jan Bender
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1961) pp. 23

Organ Solo

  • Hymn Prelude Library Volume Twelve Tunes WXYZ: Lutheran Service Book
    Composer/Editors Kevin J. Hildebrand; Charles W. Ore
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2017) pp. 51
  • Treasures of the Singing Church: Organ Literature for the Liturgical Year Volume 2 Tunes I-W
    Composer/Editors Henry V. Gerike; Johann Gottfried Walther
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2010) pp. 49, 52
  • 100 New Hymn Preludes
    Composer/Editor Rosalie Bonighton
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2008) pp. 154
  • Music for a Celebration Set 4: Chorale Settings from the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries
    Composer/Editors Michael A. Burkhardt; Johann Michael Bach
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2005) pp. 50
  • Chorale Preludes II: Choralvorspiele fur Orgel 20 Choralvorspiele
    Composer/Editor Helmut Walcha
    Published By: C. F. Peters Corporation (2002) pp. 52
  • Nine Hymn Preludes for Organ Volume II
    Composer/Editor Stephen Weber
    Published By: The H. W. Gray Company (1996) pp. 22
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 41: General: Walt - Werde
    Composer/Editors Richard Hillert; Margarete Jacobi
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1986) pp. 38, 40
  • Twelve Chorales for Organ
    Composer/Editor Lionel Rogg
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1974) pp. 19
  • Twenty Chorale-Preludes, Four Inventions and a Fugue
    Composer/Editor Randall Thompson
    Published By: E. C. Schirmer Music Company (1970) pp. 6
  • 113 Variations on Hymn Tunes for Organ
    Composer/Editor George Thalben-Ball
    Published By: Novello and Company Limited (1969) pp. 47
  • Hymn Preludes for the Liturgical Year Volume IV Minor Festivals: For Organ in 24 Volumes Opus 100
    Composer/Editor Flor Peeters
    Published By: C. F. Peters Corporation (1966) pp. 20
  • Season Chorale Preludes For Manuals Only Book I: Advent Christmas Epiphany Lent Passiontide General
    Composer/Editors C. H. Trevor; Johann Christian Bach
    Published By: Oxford University Press (1962) pp. 26
  • Thirty-Five Interludes on Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor Joseph W. Clokey
    Published By: J. Fischer & Brothers (1958) pp. 62
  • Ten Preludes on Hymn Tunes in Free Style: For Organ Opus 85
    Composer/Editor Camil van Hulse
    Published By: Carl Fischer, Inc. (1957) pp. 21
  • Organ Music for the Communion Service
    Composer/Editors Paul G. Bunjes; Johann Gottfried Walther
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1956) pp. 56
  • The Parish Organist Part Seven: Lent, Palm Sunday and Holy Week
    Composer/Editors Erich Goldschmidt; Samuel Scheidt
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1956) pp. 9
  • The Parish Organist Part Four: One Hundred Twenty Chorale Preludes, Voluntaries, and Postludes by Older Masters and Contemporary Composers
    Composer/Editors Heinrich Fleischer; Johann Michael Bach
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1953) pp. 20
  • The Parish Organist Parts I to IV: One Hundred Twenty Chorale Preludes, Voluntaries, and Postludes by Older Masters and Contemporary Composers
    Composer/Editors Heinrich Fleischer; Johann Michael Bach
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1953) pp. 188
  • 80 Chorale Preludes: German Masters of the 17th and 18th Centuries
    Composer/Editors Hermann Keller; Johann Christoph Bach
    Published By: C. F. Peters Corporation (1951) pp. 117
  • The Church Organist's Golden Treasury Volume Three-- An Anthology of Choral Preludes: Carl F. Pfatteicher
    Composer/Editors Archibald T. Davison; Johann Sebastian Bach
    Published By: Oliver Ditson Company (1951) pp. 136-138, 140
  • Suite on Sixteenth Century Hymn Tunes: For Organ
    Composer/Editor George Frederick McKay
    Published By: The H. W. Gray Company (1950) pp. 5
  • Chorale Preludes By Masters of the XVII and XVIII Centuries: Organ Series Vol. 1 - Anthology of Sacred Music
    Composer/Editor Walter E. Buszin
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1948) pp. 15
  • The Liturgical Year (Orgelbüchlein): Forty-five Organ Chorals
    Composer/Editors Johann Sebastian Bach; Alrbert Riemenschneider
    Published By: Oliver Ditson Company (1933) pp. 128

Media

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The Cyber Hymnal #103
Text: All Mankind Fell in Adam's Fall
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The Cyber Hymnal #1356
Text: Enslaved by Sin and Bound in Chains
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The Cyber Hymnal #2760
Text: I Come to Thee, O Blessèd Lord
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The Cyber Hymnal #4804
Text: O Faithful God, Thanks Be to Thee
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The Cyber Hymnal #7530
Text: When in the Hour of Utmost Need
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The Cyber Hymnal #9473
Text: Savior Of All, To Thee We Bow
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The Cyber Hymnal #11307
Text: O Lord Of Hosts, The Earth Is Thine
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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #153
Text: The Ten Commandments
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
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Small Church Music #6810
Text: Avia, ry Mpanavotra (Come, O Saviour!)
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Instances

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Ancient and Modern #443

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #178

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Christian Worship #102

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Christian Worship #378

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Christian Worship #413

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #631

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Common Praise (1998) #16

Common Praise (1998) #81

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Common Praise #298

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #257

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #495

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #580

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Hymns and Psalms #603

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Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #631

Lift Up Your Hearts #711

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Lutheran Service Book #562

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Lutheran Service Book #615

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Lutheran Worship #363

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Lutheran Worship #428

Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #253

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #153

Rejoice in the Lord #65

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Rejoice in the Lord #590

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Sing! A New Creation #73

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Small Church Music #1529

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Small Church Music #1852

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Small Church Music #2605

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Small Church Music #6810

The Book of Praise #329

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The Cyber Hymnal #103

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The Cyber Hymnal #1356

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The Cyber Hymnal #2760

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The Cyber Hymnal #4804

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The Cyber Hymnal #7530

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The Cyber Hymnal #9473

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The Cyber Hymnal #11307

The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #T4

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The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #370

The New English Hymnal #284

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The Presbyterian Hymnal #550

Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #724

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Trinity Psalter Hymnal #111A

Trinity Psalter Hymnal #174

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