Composer: Johann Balthasar König (1738)
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Composer: Johann Balthasar König

Johann Balthasar König; b. 1691, Waltershausen, near Gotha; d. 1758, Frankfort Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal, 1908 Go to person page >

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Composer: Johann Balthasar König (1738)
Incipit: 53565 43213 21234
Key: E♭ Major


Johann Balthaser König (b. Waltershausen, near Gotha, Germany, 1691; d. Frankfurt, Germany, 1758) composed this tune, which later became associated with Johann Mentzer's hymn "O dass ich tausend Zungen hätte" (Oh, That I Had a Thousand Voices). The harmonization is from the Wurttembergische Choralbuch (1653). Music of that time was not notated with bar lines every three or four beats; here a "quarter bar" marks the division between the two sections of the first longer phrase, and a full bar line delineates the other phrases. Like many of the German chorales, this tune is in bar form (AAB) and may be sung in four-part harmony. The tune begins on an upbeat, with the first accent on the second note. A chorister in the Kapella of Frankfurt at a young age, König was a student of the famous Georg Philipp Telemann, who later became godfather to König's son. He succeeded Telemann as director of municipal music and became director of music at the Barfiisserkirche and at St. Catherine's Church, all in Frankfurt. In 1727 he also assumed the directorship of the Frankfurt Kapella. Mainly interested in congregational singing, König presented a document to the Frankfurt city council in which he stated the problems of and solutions for the state of singing in the church. He edited the largest eighteenth-century German collection of hymns, Harmonischer Lieder-Schatz (1738), which also included O DASS ICH TAUSEND. This collection consisted of over nineteen hundred tunes with figured bass, including the 125 Genevan tunes set to Lobwasser's German translation of John Calvin's psalter. In accord with the style of his day, König "straightened out" (made all quarter notes) the originally lively rhythms of many tunes in this significant hymnal. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook


Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #415
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #4625
Text: Now I Have Found the Firm Foundation
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
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The Cyber Hymnal #5369
Text: O That I Had a Thousand Voices
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
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The Cyber Hymnal #6652
Text: This Night a Wondrous Revelation
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Svenska Psalm-Boken af År 1819: förenad med Koral-bok och Svenska messan med körer för sopran-, alt-, tenor- och basröster #4
Text: För dig, o Gud! mit hjerta brinner!
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #45
Text: I Praise the King with All My Verses
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Instances (1 - 28 of 28)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #223
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #415Tune InfoScoreAudio
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #242TextPage Scan
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #294Text
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #386Text
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #443Page Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #833
Glaubenslieder #32Text
Glaubenslieder #165
Glaubenslieder #247
Glaubenslieder #419
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #16Text InfoAudio
Hymnal: A Worship Book #84
Lutheran Service Book #811
Lutheran Worship #360Text
Lutheran Worship #448Text
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #475
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #45Text InfoTune InfoScoreAudio
Rejoice in the Lord #529TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #1423Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #4625TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5369TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #6652TextScoreAudio
The New Century Hymnal #324TextPage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #22TextPage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #456TextPage Scan
Worship (3rd ed.) #546Page Scan
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #34Text
Include 28 pre-1979 instances
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