MUNICH (Mendelssohn)

Adapter: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

Jacob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy; b. 1809, Hamburg; d. 1847, Leipzig Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal, 1908 Go to person page >

Tune Information

Adapter: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1847)
Meter: 7.6.7.6 D
Incipit: 12365 43335 43221
Key: D Major
Source: Neuvermehrtes Gesangbuch, 3rd ed. Meiningen, 1693

Notes

MUNICH has a colorful history. Traces of it run as far back as 1593 in the Dresden, Germany, Gesangbuch in conjunction with the text 'Wir Christenleut." A version from a Meiningen Gesangbuch (1693) is still used in Lutheranism for "O Gott, du frommer Gott." Felix Mendelssohn's adaptation of that tune for the quartet "Cast Thy Burden upon the Lord" in the oratorio Elijah (1846) is the most recent step in shaping MUNICH as we find it in the Psalter Hymnal and other modern English hymnals.

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (b. Hamburg, Germany, 1809; d. Leipzig, Germany, 1847) was the son of banker Abraham Mendelssohn and the grandson of philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. His Jewish family became Christian and took the Bartholdy name (name of the estate of Mendelssohn's uncle) when baptized into the Lutheran church. The children all received an excellent musical education. Mendelssohn had his first public performance at the age of nine and by the age of sixteen had written several symphonies. Profoundly influenced by J. S. Bach's music, he conducted a performance of the St. Matthew Passion in 1829 (at age 20!) – the first performance since Bach's death, thus reintroducing Bach to the world. Mendelssohn organized the Domchor in Berlin and founded the Leipzig Conservatory of Music in 1843.

Traveling widely, he not only became familiar with various styles of music but also became well known himself in countries other than Germany, especially in England. He left a rich treasury of music: organ and piano works, overtures and incidental music, oratorios (including St. Paul or Elijah and choral works, and symphonies. He harmonized a number of hymn tunes himself, but hymnbook editors also arrange some of his other tunes into hymn tunes.

Given its geographical roots, we may be fairly confident that the tune is named after the German city Munich, although the city's name in German is München.

Like many other chorales, MUNICH is in bar form (AABA'). Try singing it in harmony and possibly unaccompanied on stanza 2

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #140
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #141
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #1214
Text: Deliver Me from Evil
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #5534
Text: O Word of God Incarnate
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #7242
Text: We Sing the Glorious Conquest
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #10419
Text: How Lost Was My Condition
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #279
Text: O Word of God Incarnate
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
The United Methodist Hymnal #598
Text: O Word of God Incarnate
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)
Worship and Rejoice #241
Text: When Jesus Came to Jordan
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (XML)
  • Full Score (XML)
  • Bulletin Score (XML)
Worship and Rejoice #670
Text: O Word of God Incarnate
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)

Instances

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Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #263
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #287
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #402
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #424
Chalice Hymnal #237
Chalice Hymnal #322TextPage Scan
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #140ScoreAudio
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #141ScoreAudio
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #78TextPage Scan
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #279TextPage Scan
Discipleship Ministries Collection #118
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #171TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #514TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #810TextPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #289Text InfoFlexScoreAudio
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #459Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Himnos de la Iglesia #90
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #255TextPage Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #632TextFlexScorePage Scan
Hymnal: A Worship Book #440
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #252
Hymns of Faith #110TextPage Scan
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #305
Hymns to the Living God #240Text
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #243AudioPage Scan
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #757TextFlexScorePage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #523TextFlexScorePage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #606TextPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #658
Lutheran Worship #335TextPage Scan
Lutheran Worship #366TextPage Scan
Moravian Book of Worship #378
Moravian Book of Worship #484TextPage Scan
Moravian Book of Worship #505TextPage Scan
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #128
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #327TextPage Scan
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #717
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #279Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #387Page Scan
Renew! #97TextPage Scan
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #274
Sing Joyfully #180TextPage Scan
Singing the Living Tradition #11
Small Church Music #728Audio
Small Church Music #1332Audio
Small Church Music #2074Audio
Small Church Music #5140Audio
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #414TextPage Scan
The Christian Life Hymnal #230
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #272
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #523
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #549
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #697
The Cyber Hymnal #1214TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5534TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #7242TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #10419TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #269TextPage Scan
The New Century Hymnal #272
The New Century Hymnal #315
The New National Baptist Hymnal #73
The New National Baptist Hymnal #378
The United Methodist Hymnal #598TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal #652
The United Methodist Hymnal #777TextPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal #844cText
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #243
The Worshiping Church #310TextPage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #140TextFlexScorePage Scan
TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #221Audio
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #195
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #499Text
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #522TextPage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #241TextScoreAudioPage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #334
Worship and Rejoice #670TextAudioPage Scan
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #165
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #491
Include 92 pre-1979 instances



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