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

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

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)
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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 - 28 of 28)
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Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #415

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Glaubenslieder #32

Glaubenslieder #165

Glaubenslieder #247

Glaubenslieder #419

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Small Church Music #1423

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生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #34

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Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #16

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

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #456

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Worship (3rd ed.) #546

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Rejoice in the Lord #529

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The New Century Hymnal #324

Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #223

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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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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #443

Evangelical Lutheran Worship #833

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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The Cyber Hymnal #4625

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The Cyber Hymnal #5369

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The Cyber Hymnal #6652

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #22

Hymnal: A Worship Book #84

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