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Composer: Johann Crüger

Crüger, Johann, was born April 9, 1598, at Gross-Breese, near Guben, Brandenburg. After passing through the schools at Guben, Sorau and Breslau, the Jesuit College at Olmütz, and the Poets' school at Regensburg, he made a tour in Austria, and, in 1615, settled at Berlin. There, save for a short residence at the University of Wittenberg, in 1620, he employed himself as a private tutor till 1622. In 1622 he was appointed Cantor of St. Nicholas's Church at Berlin, and also one of the masters of the Greyfriars Gymnasium. He died at Berlin Feb. 23, 1662. Crüger wrote no hymns, although in some American hymnals he appears as "Johann Krüger, 1610,” as the author of the supposed original of C. Wesley's "Hearts of stone relent, relent" (q.v.).… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Johann Crüger (1649)
Incipit: 32123 54353 43213


Johann Crüger (PHH 42) composed SCHMÜCKE DICH for Franck's text and first published the tune as a setting for Franck's first stanza in Geistliche Kirchen-Melodien. The tune name is the incipit of the original German text. Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) used this tune in his Cantata 180; he and many other composers have written organ preludes on the melody , Like many chorale tunes, SCHMUCKE DICH is in bar form (AABC); it has a melodic; repeat and a delightful, though challenging, change of rhythm in its third line. This music serves well for unison or part singing; a good pace and light accompaniment help to create the joyful intimacy and wonder expressed by the text. "Leave the gloom haunts of sadness"; in other words, avoid the funereal tone that sometimes characterizes Reformed observances of the Lord's Supper–this is dance music for a feast! --Psalter Hymnal Handbook


Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #497
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #1201
Text: Deck Thyself, My Soul, with Gladness
  • 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 #45
Text: Huru länge skall mitt hjerta
  • PDF (PDF)
  • PDF - Alternate setting (PDF)
  • MusicXML (XML)
  • MusicXML - Alternate setting (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #305
Text: Clothe Yourself, My Soul, with Gladness
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
Small Church Music #6901
Text: Mūsu Kunga žēlastība (God's children)
  • PDF Score (PDF)
The United Methodist Hymnal #612
Text: Deck Thyself, My Soul, with Gladness
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)


Instances (1 - 40 of 40)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #280
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #440Text
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #153
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #497ScoreAudio
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #311TextPage Scan
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #616
Common Praise (1998) #78Text
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #295
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #146TextPage Scan
Discipleship Ministries Collection #94
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #328TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #462
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #488
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #514Text InfoAudio
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #339TextPage Scan
Hymnal: A Worship Book #473
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #606
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #400Text
Les Chants du Pèlerin #48
Lutheran Service Book #636
Lutheran Service Book #774
Lutheran Worship #239
Lutheran Worship #468
Moravian Book of Worship #588
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #506TextPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #305Text InfoTune InfoScoreAudio
Rejoice in the Lord #536TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #1410Audio
Small Church Music #2848Audio
Small Church Music #6901Audio
Small Church Music #7343Audio
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #563
The Cyber Hymnal #1201TextScoreAudio
The New Century Hymnal #334
The New English Hymnal #280TextPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal #612TextFlexscoreAudio
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #503
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #421TextPage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #463Text
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #464
Include 41 pre-1979 instances
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