Composer (attributed to): Louis Bourgeois
Published in 18 hymnals

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Composer (attributed to): Louis Bourgeois

Louis Bourgeois (b. Paris, France, c. 1510; d. Paris, 1561). In both his early and later years Bourgeois wrote French songs to entertain the rich, but in the history of church music he is known especially for his contribution to the Genevan Psalter. Apparently moving to Geneva in 1541, the same year John Calvin returned to Geneva from Strasbourg, Bourgeois served as cantor and master of the choristers at both St. Pierre and St. Gervais, which is to say he was music director there under the pastoral leadership of Calvin. Bourgeois used the choristers to teach the new psalm tunes to the congregation. The extent of Bourgeois's involvement in the Genevan Psalter is a matter of scholar­ly debate. Calvin had published several partial psalter… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: OLD 107TH
Composer (attributed to): Louis Bourgeois
Meter: D
Incipit: 11511 77556 5343
Key: c minor/d minor
Source: Scottish Psalter, 1635; Based on Genevan Psalter;Genevan Psalter, 1551


GENEVAN 107 first appeared in the 1551 edition of the Genevan Psalter. Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) harmonized the tune in 1986. Composed in the Dorian mode this Genevan tune consists of four long lines, each of which has two phrases; lines 1 and 2 share melodic and rhythmic patterns, and lines 3 and 4 also have similar rhythms. Psalm 107 is a joyous song that needs strong organ accompaniment. Signal the internal refrain in the last half of stanzas 2 through 5 ("Bless him, his love proclaim. . .") by changing organ registration or texture.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988



Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • Hymn Preludes and Free Accompaniments 22
    Composer/Editor Donald Johns
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1993) pp. LL
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 35: General: O - Pi
    Composer/Editors Richard Hillert; Donald Busarow
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1985) pp. 29
  • Free Harmonizations of Hymn Tunes: By Fifty American Composers
    Composer/Editor D. DeWitt Wasson
    Published By: Hinshaw Music, Inc. (1984) pp. 15

Organ Solo

  • Be Still, My Soul: 11 Hymn Tune Preludes
    Composer/Editor Jonathan Kohrs
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2010) pp. 22
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 35: General: O - Pi
    Composer/Editors Richard Hillert; Donald Busarow
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1985) pp. 27
  • Thirty-Five Interludes on Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor Joseph W. Clokey
    Published By: J. Fischer & Brothers (1958) pp. 64
  • Suite on Sixteenth Century Hymn Tunes: For Organ
    Composer/Editor George Frederick McKay
    Published By: The H. W. Gray Company, Inc. (1950) pp. 8


Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #395
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #1932
Text: God's Word Is Like a Flaming Sword
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #107
Text: Thanks Be to God Our Savior
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)


Instances (1 - 6 of 6)

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #395

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Lutheran Worship #399

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #107

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Rejoice in the Lord #165


Small Church Music #5902


The Cyber Hymnal #1932

Include 12 pre-1979 instances
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