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WALTHER

Composer: C. F. W. Walther

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Tune Information

Title: WALTHER
Composer: C. F. W. Walther
Meter: 11.11.11.11
Incipit: 11533 15543 22254
Key: G Major

Notes

Charles Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther (b. Langenschursdorf, Saxony, 1811; d. St. Louis, MO, 1887) was an influential Lutheran theologian and leader. He studied theology at Leipzig, was ordained in 1837, and immigrated to the United States in 1839 with other orthodox Lutherans to escape from the rationalism of the state church in Saxony. He ministered to several congregations in the St. Louis region and assisted in building the log cabin college at Alternburg, which eventually became Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Founder of the periodical Der Lutheraner in 1844, Walther also helped to establish the Evangelical Lutheran Synod in 1847 (of which he was elected president, 1847-1850, 1864-1878) and was professor of theology and president of Concordia Seminary. His publishing work eventually led to the establishment of Concordia Publishing House. He wrote numerous hymn tunes and texts and in 1847 compiled Kirchengesangbuch, for the Saxon immigrants to Missouri and Ohio.

Walther composed the tune named after him for his text "He's Risen, He's Risen, Christ Jesus, the Lord" (originally “Erstanden, erstanden”) an Easter hymn of eleven stanzas. It may have been written in 1860, since it was included in his biography with the tide "On the First Easter Day, April 8, 1860, on the Ocean," a reference to a trip Walther took that year. The tune begins like a fanfare, giving a dramatic flair to the melody. Sing it with enthusiasm, using antiphonal performance throughout.

--Psalter Hymnal handbook

Arrangements

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • Basic Hymn Accompaniments Volume II: Lent - Easter - Pentecost
    Composer/Editor Thomas R. Pearce
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1988) pp. 22
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 11: Easter: M - Z
    Composer/Editors Herbert Gotsch; Kenneth T. Kosche
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1982) pp. 47

Organ Solo

  • Hymn Prelude Library Volume Twelve Tunes WXYZ: Lutheran Service Book
    Composer/Editors Kevin J. Hildebrand; Kenneth T. Kosche
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2017) pp. 14
  • Christ is Risen!: 5 Chorale Preludes on Easter Hymns
    Composer/Editor Benjamin M. Culli
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2006) pp. 16
  • A Thousand Voices: 7 Hymn Tune Preludes
    Composer/Editor Jeffrey N. Blersch
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2005) pp. 19
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 11: Easter: M - Z
    Composer/Editors Herbert Gotsch; Kenneth T. Kosche
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1982) pp. 46

Instances

Instances (1 - 6 of 6)

Christian Worship #143

Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #350

Lutheran Service Book #480

Audio

Lutheran Worship #138

Text InfoTune InfoTextAudioPage Scan

Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #9

Audio

Small Church Music #1839

Include 1 pre-1979 instance
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