Composer: Joachim Neander
Published in 21 hymnals

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Composer: Joachim Neander

Neander, Joachim, was born at Bremen, in 1650, as the eldest child of the marriage of Johann Joachim Neander and Catharina Knipping, which took place on Sept. 18, 1649, the father being then master of the Third Form in the Paedagogium at Bremen. The family name was originally Neumann (Newman) or Niemann, but the grandfather of the poet had assumed the Greek form of the name, i.e. Neander. After passing through the Paedagogium he entered himself as a student at the Gymnasium illustre (Academic Gymnasium) of Bremen in Oct. 1666. German student life in the 17th century was anything but refined, and Neander seems to have been as riotous and as fond of questionable pleasures as most of his fellows. In July 1670, Theodore Under-Eyck came to Breme… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Joachim Neander
Incipit: 1D7U1 232(1 )2(D5 )5776
Key: a minor
Source: Alpha und Omega
Copyright: Public Domain


MEINE HOFFNUNG received its name from its association with Joachim Neander's (PHH 244) text "Meine Hoffnung stehet feste" ("All My Hope on God Is Founded"). The tune was published with Newton's text in Neander's Alpha and Omega (1680). (The chorale found in Johann S. Bach's Cantata 40 is very loosely based on MEINE HOFFNUNG.) To reflect the emphases in the text, sing stanzas 1 and 3 in unison and stanzas 2 and 4 in harmony. Singers and accompanists should note the built-in ritardando in the final long line; no further expressive device needs to be added in the final stanza. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988


Instances (1 - 11 of 11)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Esperanta Himnaro #10a
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #63a
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #228b
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #451aText
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #614Text InfoTune InfoTextAudioPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #156TextPage Scan
Secular Hymnal: 144 hymn tunes made inclusive for all #62TextPage Scan
Singing the Faith #455b
Small Church Music #604Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #149TextScoreAudio
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #560b
Include 10 pre-1979 instances
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