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O DASS ICH TAUSEND ZUNGEN HÄTTE (König)

O DASS ICH TAUSEND ZUNGEN HÄTTE (König)

Composer: Johann Balthasar König (1738)
Published in 64 hymnals


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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 >

Tune Information

Title: O DASS ICH TAUSEND ZUNGEN HÄTTE (König)
Composer: Johann Balthasar König (1738)
Meter: 9.8.9.8.8.8
Incipit: 53565 43213 21234
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

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, 1988

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. 37-38
  • Twenty-Seven Hymn Harmonizations for Reformation
    Composer/Editor Henry V. Gerike
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2016) pp. 30
  • A New Liturgical Year Volume 2
    Composer/Editors John A. Ferguson; Paul O. Manz
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2015) pp. 126
  • Ten Familiar Hymns in New Settings
    Composer/Editor Richard Heschke
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2011) pp. 36-37
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Organ Volume 10: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 819 - 893
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Marissa Bauck; David M. Cherwien
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2009) pp. 833
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Piano Volume 10: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 819 - 893
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Marissa Bauck; Wendy Lynn Stevens
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2009) pp. 833
  • 16 Introductions or Interludes for Organ: On Favorite Hymns
    Composer/Editor Mark Sedio
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2006) pp. 28
  • Sonus Novus Volume 3: Hymn Intonations and Harmonizations
    Composer/Editor Christopher A. Loemker
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2003) pp. 28
  • Nine Easy Hymn Preludes and Hymn Settings - Book Three: For Organ
    Composer/Editor Edward H. Meyer
    Published By: Northwestern Publishing House (1999) pp. 28
  • 5 Psalm Hymn Improvisations
    Composer/Editor Michael A. Burkhardt
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1997) pp. 21
  • Easy Hymn Accompaniments for Organ or Piano: Set II
    Composer/Editor Edward H. Myer
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1995) pp. 55-56
  • Hymn Descants Set 3: With C and B flat Instrument Parts
    Composer/Editor Stanley Drummond Wolff
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1993) pp. 20
  • Easy Hymn Accompaniments for Organ or Piano: Set I
    Composer/Editor Edward H. Myer
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1992) pp. 33
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 34: General: Nun danket - O Jesu
    Composer/Editor Richard Hillert
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1985) pp. 26
  • Twenty-One Hymn Introductions Volume IV: Opus 56
    Composer/Editor Jan Bender
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1980) pp. 33
  • New Organ Accompaniments For Hymns
    Composer/Editor Paul G. Bunjes
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1976) pp. 12
  • Twenty-Four Hymn Introductions Volume II: Opus 56
    Composer/Editor Jan Bender
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1974) pp. 30
  • New Organ Settings for Hymns and Chorales Set I: Opus 22
    Composer/Editor Jan Bender
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1963) pp. 15
  • New Organ Settings for Hymns and Chorales Set II: Opus 22
    Composer/Editor Jan Bender
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1963) pp. 28

Organ Solo

  • A Walter Pelz Organ Anthology
    Composer/Editor Walter L. Pelz
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2018) pp. 66
  • A New Liturgical Year Volume 2
    Composer/Editors John A. Ferguson; Paul O. Manz
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2015) pp. 128
  • Five Hymn Preludes for Organ
    Composer/Editor James L. Brauer
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2015) pp. 17
  • Hymn Prelude Library Volume Eight Tunes NO: Lutheran Service Book
    Composer/Editors Kevin J. Hildebrand; Jonathan Kohrs
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2015) pp. 64, 69
  • Easy Hymn Settings for Organ Volume 3
    Composer/Editor Ronald A. Nelson
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2013) pp. 30
  • The Organ Sings
    Composer/Editor David P. Dahl
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2013) pp. 50
  • Easy Organ Library Volume 52
    Composer/Editor Roger C. Wilson
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2012) pp. 30
  • Ten Familiar Hymns in New Settings
    Composer/Editor Richard Heschke
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2011) pp. 34
  • The Organist Volume 115 Number 4 September October 2011: The Service Music Companion for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Gilbert M. Martin; Roger C. Wilson
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2011) pp. 30
  • Easy Hymn Preludes for Organ Volume 7: Musica Sacra
    Composer/Editor Donald Busarow
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2009) pp. 33, 35
  • Hymn Inventions Volume 2: 9 Chorale Preludes for the Church Year
    Composer/Editor Sam Eatherton
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2008) pp. 29
  • Oh, That I Had a Thousand Voices: Settings for Organ
    Composer/Editor Paul W. Hofreiter
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2008) pp. 35
  • Hymn Inventions Volume 1: 9 Chorale Preludes for the Church Year
    Composer/Editor Sam Eatherton
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2007) pp. 22
  • Composer/Editor Gerhard Krapf
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2007) pp. 16
  • Praise and Thanks for Organ: Orgelmusik Zu Lob Und Dank
    Composer/Editors Andreas Rockstroh; Arnold Mendelssohn
    Published By: Bärenreiter-Verlag Karl Vötterle GmbH & Co. KG, Kassel, Germany (2007) pp. 84
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 29 Number 5 July 2007 General, Weddings, Patriotic, Communion: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; David Maxwell
    Published By: McAfee Music Corporation (2007) pp. 8
  • A Thousand Voices: 7 Hymn Tune Preludes
    Composer/Editor Jeffrey N. Blersch
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2005) pp. 4
  • The Master Organ Works of Jan Bender Volume 1: Chorale Preludes for Organ or Piano
    Composer/Editors Jan Bender; David Fienen
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2005) pp. 50
  • The Master Organ Works of Jan Bender Volume 3: Chorale Preludes for Organ (M - Z)
    Composer/Editors Jan Bender; David Fienen
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2005) pp. 33
  • Six Hymn Improvisations Set 5
    Composer/Editor Kevin J. Hildebrand
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2004) pp. 20
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 24 Number 4 May June 2002: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Don Freudenberg
    Published By: Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc. (2002) pp. 8
  • Grace Notes IX
    Composer/Editor Timothy Albrecht
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2001) pp. 17
  • An Eternity of Praise 30 Chorale Preludes from Present-Day Germany: 30 Chorale Preludes From Present-day Germany
    Composer/Editors John A. Behnke; Herbert Paulmichl
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1999) pp. 44
  • An Eternity of Praise 30 Chorale Preludes from Present-Day Germany: European Connection Volume 1
    Composer/Editor John A. Behnke
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1999) pp. 44
  • Nine Easy Hymn Preludes and Hymn Settings - Book Three: For Organ
    Composer/Editor Edward H. Meyer
    Published By: Northwestern Publishing House (1999) pp. 26
  • Album of Choral Preludes from Olden and Modern Times for Organ: Complete - A Kalmus Classic Edition
    Composer/Editor Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck
    Published By: Warner Brothers Publications, Inc. (1998) pp. 127
  • Album of Choral Preludes from Olden and Modern Times for Organ: Complete - A Kalmus Classic Edition K 02044
    Composer/Editor Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck
    Published By: Warner Brothers Publications, Inc. (1998) pp. 127
  • Album of Chorale Preludes from Classical to Modern Times: Volume 1: C Major to F Major (Nos. 1-130)
    Composer/Editor Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck
    Published By: The Well-Tempered Press (1998) pp. 71
  • 5 Psalm Hymn Improvisations
    Composer/Editor Michael A. Burkhardt
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1997) pp. 17
  • Twelve Chorale Improvisations: for Organ
    Composer/Editor Lindsay Lafford
    Published By: The H. W. Gray Company (1996) pp. 10
  • Variations for Seven Familiar Hymns: For Organ
    Composer/Editor John A. Behnke
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (1996) pp. 16
  • God of Grace: A Compilation of Favorites for Organ
    Composer/Editor Paul O. Manz
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1994) pp. 39, 42
  • God of Grace: A Compilation of Favorites for Organ
    Composer/Editor Paul O. Manz
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1994) pp. 39
  • Interpretations Based on Hymn-Tunes Book X: For Organ
    Composer/Editor David M. Cherwien
    Published By: Summa Productions (1993) pp. 18, 22
  • 7 Hymn Preludes Set 2: Baptism, Holy Communion, and Non-festivals of the Church year
    Composer/Editor Donald Rotermund
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1992) pp. 16
  • Composer/Editor Paul O. Manz
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1992) pp. 12, 15, 20
  • Praise and Thanksgiving: Hymn Improvisations Set 1
    Composer/Editor Michael A. Burkhardt
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1989) pp. 2
  • Praise and Thanksgiving Hymn Improvisations Set 1
    Composer/Editor Michael A. Burkhardt
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1989) pp. 2
  • Chorale Preludes for Organ
    Composer/Editor James Mansfield
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1986) pp. 26
  • 14 Organ Chorale Preludes
    Composer/Editor Theodore Beck
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1985) pp. 20
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 34: General: Nun danket - O Jesu
    Composer/Editor Richard Hillert
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1985) pp. 24
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 7 Number 4 June 1985 General, Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Ronald Besemer
    Published By: McAfee Music Corporation (1985) pp. 20
  • 11 Compositions for Organ
    Composer/Editor Charles W. Ore
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1971) pp. 8
  • 9 Chorale Preludes
    Composer/Editor David A. Schack
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1971) pp. 10
  • Ten Chorale Improvisations Set III
    Composer/Editor Paul O. Manz
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1970) pp. 17
  • Ten Chorale Improvisations Set III: Opus 9
    Composer/Editor Paul O. Manz
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1970) pp. 17
  • The Organist Volume 71 Number 2 May 1967: A Bi-monthly Magazine for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Roger C. Wilson; Johann B. Konig
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1967) pp. 52
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 29 Number 6 August 1966: A Bi-Monthly Magazine for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors L. N. Porter; Robert E. Proctor
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1966) pp. 82
  • Ten Chorale Improvisations Set II
    Composer/Editor Paul O. Manz
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1964) pp. 23
  • Ten Chorale Improvisations Set II: Opus 7
    Composer/Editor Paul O. Manz
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1964) pp. 23
  • The Parish Organist Part Three: One Hundred Twenty Chorale Preludes, Voluntaries, and Postludes by Older Masters and Contemporary Composers
    Composer/Editors Heinrich Fleischer; Max Reger
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1953) pp. 12, 14
  • 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; Max Reger
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1953) pp. 122, 124
  • Ten Chorale Preludes for Organ Opus 68: 30 Chorale Preludes On Well-Known Hymn Tunes for Organ
    Composer/Editor Flor Peeters
    Published By: C. F. Peters Corporation (1950) pp. 30
  • Reger: 30 Short Chorale Preludes: For Organ
    Composer/Editor Max Reger
    Published By: C. F. Peters Corporation (1949) pp. 18
  • Choral-Improvisations for Organ Op. 65 Volume 4: For Ascensiontide and Pentecost
    Composer/Editor Sigfrid Karg-Elert
    Published By: Edward B. Marks Music Company pp. 23

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #415
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #4625
Text: Now I Have Found the Firm Foundation
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #5369
Text: O That I Had a Thousand Voices
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #6652
Text: This Night a Wondrous Revelation
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
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
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)

Instances

Instances (1 - 31 of 31)

Ambassador Hymnal #223

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Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #415

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Christian Worship #242

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Christian Worship #294

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Christian Worship #386

Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #443

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Evangelical Lutheran Worship #833

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Glaubenslieder #32

Glaubenslieder #165

Glaubenslieder #247

Glaubenslieder #419

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Glory to God #16

Hymnal #84

Lutheran Service Book #811

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Lutheran Worship #360

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Lutheran Worship #448

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #45

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Rejoice in the Lord #529

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Small Church Music #1423

The Book of Praise #464

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The Cyber Hymnal #4625

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The Cyber Hymnal #5369

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The Cyber Hymnal #6652

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The New Century Hymnal #324

The Presbyterian Hymnal #475

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #22

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #456

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Trinity Psalter Hymnal #183

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Trinity Psalter Hymnal #432

Worship (3rd ed.) #546

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生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #34

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