Dale Grotenhuis (b. Cedar Grove, WI, 1931; d. Jenison, Mi, August 17, 2012) was a member of the 1987 Psalter Hymnal 1987 Revision Committee, and was professor of music and director of choral music at Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa, from 1960 until he retired in 1994 to concentrate on composition. Educated at Calvin College; Michigan State University, Lansing; and Ohio State University, Columbus; he combined teaching with composition throughout his career and was a widely published composer of choral music. He also directed the Dordt choir in a large number of recordings, including many psalm arrangements found in the 1959 edition of the Psalter Hymnal.
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When God brought Zion's remnant band
back to the land,
we felt like we were dreaming.
Why, even unbelievers said,
"The LORD has led with mighty works, redeeming."
Come, laugh for joy! our songs employ
the LORD has won, great things begun,
has filled our lives with meaning!
Ludwig Senfl (b. Basil, Switzerland, c.1486; d. Munich, Germany, 1543) composed MAG ICH UNGLÜCK for his secular text "Mag mir Unglück nit widerstan." Senfl was a choir¬boy in the chapel choir of Emperor Maximilian I and therefore traveled with the emperor; after his voice broke, he may also have received a scholarship to study music in Vienna, which was the custom for choirboys. He followed Heinrich Isaac as director of the choir in 1513, but three years later the new emperor, Charles V, dismissed the musicians in favor of more Spanish music. Senfl became sympathetic to the Reformation; Luther knew of his work and asked him to write for the church. Eventually settling in Munich, Senfl was an important transitional figure, marking the high point of the old German music at the end of the Middle Ages and of new musical styles at the beginning of the Reformation.
MAG ICH UNGLÜCK was adapted for this text. Rewritten as a hymn (possibly by Luther), it was published in Joseph KIug's Geistliche Lieder (1535). The rewritten text began with the words "Mag ich Unglück. . ." and became known as the "Queen Mary of Hungary Song." Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) harmonized the tune in 1985. A sturdy German chorale, MAG ICH UNGLÜCK is shaped in a bar form (AAB) that gains interest through its dynamic rhythms. The tune needs confident and bright organ accompaniment. Try to group the shorter phrases into three very long lines.
Joseph Klug (b. Nürnberg [?], Germany, c. 1500; d. Wittenberg, Germany, 1552) was an important printer in Wittenberg during the Reformation. He published scholarly works as well as Lutheran books and tracts, including Bugenhagen's Brunswick Church Order (1528). His most significant contribution to hymnody was his publication of Geistliche Lieder; a hymnbook compiled by Martin Luther that appeared in a number of subsequent editions (1529, 1533, 1535, and 1543). Its contents and organization became the model for the next generation of Lutheran hymnals. Some scholars think Klug may have assisted Luther in choosing the hymns for this volume.