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VOM HIMMEL HOCH

Composer: Martin Luther

Luther, Martin, born at Eisleben, Nov. 10, 1483; entered the University of Erfurt, 1501 (B.A. 1502, M.A.. 1503); became an Augustinian monk, 1505; ordained priest, 1507; appointed Professor at the University of Wittenberg, 1508, and in 1512 D.D.; published his 95 Theses, 1517; and burnt the Papal Bull which had condemned them, 1520; attended the Diet of Worms, 1521; translated the Bible into German, 1521-34; and died at Eisleben, Feb. 18, 1546. The details of his life and of his work as a reformer are accessible to English readers in a great variety of forms. Luther had a huge influence on German hymnody. i. Hymn Books. 1. Ellich cristlich lider Lobgesang un Psalm. Wittenberg, 1524. [Hamburg Library.] This contains 8 German h… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Martin Luther (1535)
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Incipit: 17675 67111 55345
Key: C Major
Source: Geist­liche Lied­er, by Val­en­tin Schu­mann (Leip­zig, Ger­ma­ny: 1539)
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Initially Luther used the folk melody associated with his first stanza as the tune for this hymn. Later he composed this new tune for his text. VOM HIMMEL HOCH was first published in Valentin Schumann's Geistliche Lieder in 1539. Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) used Luther's melody in three places in his well-known and loved Christmas Oratorio. VOM HIMMEL HOCH is a simple but spritely melody. Try having either a soloist (with an angelic voice) or a small choir, in harmony and unaccompanied, sing stanzas 1-4. The entire group or congregation could then sing stanza 5 in unison. Add strong accompaniment, possibly using one of the elaborate Bach harmonizations. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

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The Cyber Hymnal #30
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Text: Ere Yet the Dawn Has Filled the Skies
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Text: From Heaven Above to Earth I Come
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Text: From Highest Heaven, on Joyous Wing
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Text: God of All Power and Truth and Grace
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Text: An Image of That Heavenly Light
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A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #226

Ambassador Hymnal #9

Ambassador Hymnal #27

Ambassador Hymnal #276

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Ancient and Modern #320

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Celebrating Grace Hymnal #128

Chalice Hymnal #146

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Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1029

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Christian Worship #21

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Christian Worship #38

Common Praise (1998) #133

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Common Praise #51

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #193

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #123

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #124

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Evangelical Lutheran Worship #268

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Glaubenslieder #14

Glaubenslieder #295

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Glory to God #111

Hymnal 1982 #80

Hymnal #205

Hymns and Psalms #54

Hymns and Psalms #100

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Hymns for a Pilgrim People #120

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Hymns of Faith #132

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Hymns to the Living God #128

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Lutheran Service Book #358

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Lutheran Service Book #385

Lutheran Worship #37

Lutheran Worship #38

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Moravian Book of Worship #306

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Moravian Book of Worship #307

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Presbyterian Hymnal #54

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Presbyterian Hymnal #496

Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #182

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #339

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Rejoice in the Lord #207

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Singing the New Testament #9

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Small Church Music #1213

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Small Church Music #2305

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Small Church Music #2326

The Covenant Hymnal #161

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The Cyber Hymnal #30

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The Cyber Hymnal #437

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The Cyber Hymnal #1355

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The Cyber Hymnal #1630

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The Cyber Hymnal #1631

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The Cyber Hymnal #1691

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The Cyber Hymnal #1974

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The Cyber Hymnal #2529

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The Cyber Hymnal #2919

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The Cyber Hymnal #3291

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The Cyber Hymnal #4756

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The Cyber Hymnal #7758

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The Cyber Hymnal #8306

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The Cyber Hymnal #9526

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The Cyber Hymnal #10835

The New Century Hymnal #130

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The New English Hymnal #20b

Together in Song #296

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #220

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TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #113a

Voices United #72

Worship (3rd ed.) #388

Worship (4th ed.) #433

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