O DASS ICH TAUSEND ZUNGEN HÄTTE

O DASS ICH TAUSEND ZUNGEN HÄTTE

Composer: Johann Balthasar König (1738)
Published in 56 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

Composer: Johann Balthasar König (1738)
Meter: 9.8.9.8.8.8
Incipit: 53565 43213 21234
Key: E♭ Major

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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

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #415
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The Cyber Hymnal #4625
Text: Now I Have Found the Firm Foundation
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The Cyber Hymnal #5369
Text: O That I Had a Thousand Voices
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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
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
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  • Bulletin Score (PDF)

Instances

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Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #223

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American Lutheran Hymnal #123

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American Lutheran Hymnal #131

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American Lutheran Hymnal #345

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American Lutheran Hymnal #509

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Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #485b

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Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #415

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Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #242

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Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #294

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Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #386

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Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #406

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Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church #355a

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Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church #356a

Culto Cristiano #225

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Evangelical Lutheran hymnal: with music #47

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Evangelical Lutheran hymnal: with music #116

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Evangelical Lutheran hymnal: with music #126

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Evangelical Lutheran hymnal: with music #136

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #443

Evangelical Lutheran Worship #833

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Evangelisches Gesangbuch. Die kleine Palme, mit Anhang #255

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Evangelisches Gesangbuch. Die kleine Palme, mit Anhang #257

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Glaubenslieder #32

Glaubenslieder #165

Glaubenslieder #247

Glaubenslieder #419

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Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #16

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Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #3

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Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #408

Hymnal: A Worship Book #84

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Jugendharfe: Liederbuch für Christliche Vereine, Kirchenchöre, und Sonntagsschulen #28

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Lutheran Book of Worship #560

Lutheran Service Book #811

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Lutheran Worship #360

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Lutheran Worship #448

Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #475

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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

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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 Evangelical Hymnal with Tunes #108

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The Hymnal of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America 1940 #302

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The Lutheran Hymnal #30

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The Lutheran Hymnal #88

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The Lutheran Hymnal #385

The Mennonite Hymnal #10

The Mennonite Hymnary, published by the Board of Publication of the General Conference of the Mennonite Church of North America #509

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The New Century Hymnal #324

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Trinity Hymnal #11

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #22

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #456

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Worship (3rd ed.) #546

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生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #34

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