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WAS GOTT TUT

Composer: Severus Gastorius

Severus Gastorius (1647-1682 ) was a cantor in Jena, central Germany. The son of a Weimar school teacher, Severus was born with the family name Bauchspiess (later Latinised to Gastorius) in Oettern, near Weimar. In 1667, he started studying at the University of Jena. From 1670, he deputized for cantor Andreas Zöll in Jena and married his daughter the following year. Gastorius assumed Zöll's position after his death in 1677. One of his friends, Samuel Rodigast, wrote the hymn "Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan" for Gastorius when he was sick (to cheer him up as Rodigast writes in his dedication). Even before he recovered, Gastorius set it to music based on a melody by Werner Fabricius. The tune became widely known in Germany as the cantor… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: WAS GOTT TUT
Composer: Severus Gastorius (1681)
Meter: 8.7.8.7.4.4.8.8
Incipit: 51234 54365 43321
Notes: Composer Sererus Gastoirus or Johann Pachelbel
Key: D Major
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

WAS GOTT TUT is usually attributed to Severus Gastorius (b. Ottern, near Weimar, Germany, 1646; d. Jena, Germany, 1682), who presumably composed the tune during a convalescence in 1675 (see above). The tune was published in Ausserlesenes Weimarisches Gesangbuch (1681). Educated at the University of Jena, Gastorius became cantor of Jena in 1677, a post he held until his death. He wrote a variety of church music, including five funeral motets, but he is known primarily for composing WAS GOTT TUT.

The tune is a classic example of a seventeenth-century German chorale setting in bar form (AAB). Sing in sturdy unison, changing to harmony for some of the stanzas. Do not rush, but sing with stately fervor. Observing fermatas at the ends of the first two 1 long lines will help to bring a sense of patience to this melody by giving more breathing time.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Arrangements

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Organ Volume 9: Evangelical Lutheran Worship Hymns 755 - 818
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Marissa Bauck; Robert Benson
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2009) pp. 777
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Piano Volume 9: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 755 - 818
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Marissa Bauck; Aaron David Miller
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2009) pp. 776
  • The Art of Hymn Playing 2nd edition: 250 Preludes Introductions Free Accompaniments & Alternate Harmonizations
    Composer/Editor Charles Callahan
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2006) pp. 154-155
  • Easy Hymn Settings Set 4 General (Communion)
    Composer/Editor Michael A. Burkhardt
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2004) pp. 28
  • The Creative Use of the Organ in Worship
    Composer/Editor Hal H. Hopson
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (2000) pp. 176
  • Creative Hymn Accompaniments for Organ: Volume 3
    Composer/Editor Gerhard Krapf
    Published By: The Sacred Music Press (1996) pp. 31
  • Hymn Descants Set 4: With C and B flat Instrument Parts
    Composer/Editor Stanley Drummond Wolff
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1994) pp. 32
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 41: General: Walt - Werde
    Composer/Editors Richard Hillert; Hans Friedrich Micheelsen
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1986) pp. 21
  • New Organ Settings for Hymns and Chorales Set II: Opus 22
    Composer/Editor Jan Bender
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1963) pp. 45

Organ Solo

  • Hymn Prelude Library Volume Twelve Tunes WXYZ: Lutheran Service Book
    Composer/Editors Kevin J. Hildebrand; Carl Flentge Schalk
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2017) pp. 28
  • Our Cheerful Songs: Hymn Preludes for Organ
    Composer/Editor Robert J. Powell
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2014) pp. 30
  • Augsburg Organ Library Healing and Funeral
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; J. Bert Carlson
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2013) pp. 135
  • Let All Creation Join: Five Hymn Settings for Organ
    Composer/Editor David Schelat
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2013) pp. 16
  • Oxford Service Music for Organ: Manuals and Pedals Book 1
    Composer/Editors Anne Marsden Thomas; Johann Gottfried Walther
    Published By: Oxford University Press (2011) pp. 48
  • The Master Organ Works of Jan Bender Volume 1: Chorale Preludes for Organ or Piano
    Composer/Editors Jan Bender; David Fienen
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2005) pp. 74
  • Easy Hymn Settings Set 4 General (Communion)
    Composer/Editor Michael A. Burkhardt
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2004) pp. 28
  • Organ Images for Fall and Winter
    Composer/Editor Robert Lind
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2004) pp. 52
  • Six Hymn Improvisations Set 4
    Composer/Editor Kevin J. Hildebrand
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2003) pp. 18
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 22 Number 5 July 2000 General, Weddings: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Kathryn Elting
    Published By: McAfee Music Corporation (2000) pp. 15
  • 12 Hymn Preludes: Settings by Kevin J. Sadowski
    Composer/Editor Kevin J. Sadowski
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1999) pp. 30
  • An Eternity of Praise 30 Chorale Preludes from Present-Day Germany: 30 Chorale Preludes From Present-day Germany
    Composer/Editors John A. Behnke; Günter Raphael
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1999) pp. 50
  • An Eternity of Praise 30 Chorale Preludes from Present-Day Germany: European Connection Volume 1
    Composer/Editor John A. Behnke
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1999) pp. 50
  • New Look at the Old: Seven Creative Hymn Settings for Organ
    Composer/Editor J. Bert Carlson
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (1999) pp. 22
  • Album of Choral Preludes from Olden and Modern Times for Organ: Complete - A Kalmus Classic Edition
    Composer/Editor Adolf Friedrich Hesse
    Published By: Warner Brothers Publications, Inc. (1998) pp. 129
  • Album of Choral Preludes from Olden and Modern Times for Organ: Complete - A Kalmus Classic Edition K 02044
    Composer/Editor Adolf Friedrich Hesse
    Published By: Warner Brothers Publications, Inc. (1998) pp. 129
  • Album of Chorale Preludes from Classical to Modern Times: Volume 1: C Major to F Major (Nos. 1-130)
    Composer/Editor Adolf Friedrich Hesse
    Published By: The Well-Tempered Press (1998) pp. 72
  • Improvisations on Classic Chorales
    Composer/Editor Paul O. Manz
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1992) pp. 28
  • Six General Hymn Improvisations Set 1
    Composer/Editor Michael A. Burkhardt
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1992) pp. 10
  • Chorale Preludes by Old Masters Volume 2: For Organ
    Composer/Editors Karl Straube; Johann Peter Kellner
    Published By: Masters Music Publications, Inc. (1991) pp. 84
  • Chorale Preludes by Old Masters Volume 3: For Organ
    Composer/Editors Karl Straube; Johann Gottfried Walther
    Published By: Masters Music Publications, Inc. (1991) pp. 157
  • Chorale Preludes by Old Masters Volume II: For Organ
    Composer/Editors Karl Straube; Johann Peter Kellner
    Published By: Masters Music Publications, Inc. (1991) pp. 26
  • Chorale Preludes by Old Masters Volume III: For Organ
    Composer/Editors Karl Straube; Johann Gottfried Walther
    Published By: Masters Music Publications, Inc. (1991) pp. 44
  • Interpretations Based on Hymn-Tunes Book VII: For Organ
    Composer/Editor David M. Cherwien
    Published By: Summa Productions (1988) pp. 18
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 41: General: Walt - Werde
    Composer/Editors Richard Hillert; Hans Friedrich Micheelsen
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1986) pp. 21
  • Wedding Music Book IV
    Composer/Editors David N. Johnson; Johann Sebastian Bach
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1984) pp. 14
  • Consoliere Volume 6 Number 1 January February March 1975: Practical and Distinctive Pieces for the Church Organist
    Composer/Editors Charles G. Frischmann; Bram Bruin
    Published By: World Library Publications, Inc. (1975) pp. 22
  • Eleven Chorale Preludes for the Organ: E. Power Biggs Organ Library
    Composer/Editors Johann Christoph Oley; E. Power Biggs
    Published By: McAfee Music Corporation (1974) pp. 15
  • Organ Voluntaries in Three Volumes Volume 2
    Composer/Editors Alexander Schreiner; Severus Gastorius
    Published By: J. Fischer & Brothers (1973) pp. 49
  • Hymn Preludes for the Liturgical Year Volume XXI Death Life Everlasting Commemoration: For Organ in 24 Volumes Opus 100
    Composer/Editor Flor Peeters
    Published By: C. F. Peters Corporation (1969) pp. 12
  • Seasonal Chorale Preludes for Manuals Only: Book II Easter Whitsun Trinity Festivals and General
    Composer/Editors C. H. Trevor; Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg
    Published By: Oxford University Press (1962) pp. 22
  • Ten Chorale Improvisations: Opus. 5
    Composer/Editor Paul O. Manz
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1962) pp. 22
  • The Parish Organist Part Ten: Music for Funerals and Memorial Services
    Composer/Editors Thomas Gieschen; Johann Sebastian Bach
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1962) pp. 7, 38, 51
  • The Parish Organist Part Ten: Music for Funerals and Memorial Services
    Composer/Editor Thomas Gieschen
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1962) pp. 7
  • The Parish Organist Part Ten: Music for Funerals and Memorial Services
    Composer/Editor Thomas Gieschen
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1962) pp. 38
  • Liturgical Chorale Book: Fifteen Chorale Preludes
    Composer/Editor Anton Wilhelm Leupold
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1955) pp. 12
  • 80 Chorale Preludes: German Masters of the 17th and 18th Centuries
    Composer/Editors Hermann Keller; Johann Gottfried Walther
    Published By: C. F. Peters Corporation (1951) pp. 114
  • The Church Organist's Golden Treasury Volume Three-- An Anthology of Choral Preludes: Carl F. Pfatteicher
    Composer/Editors Archibald T. Davison; Johann Ludwig Krebs
    Published By: Oliver Ditson Company (1951) pp. 119, 122, 126
  • Reger: 30 Short Chorale Preludes: For Organ
    Composer/Editor Max Reger
    Published By: C. F. Peters Corporation (1949) pp. 24
  • 76 Offertories on Hymns & Chorales
    Composer/Editor Albert Beck
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1945) pp. 58
  • Choral-Improvisations for Organ Op. 65 Volume 6: For Confirmation, Marriage, Christening and Harvest Festival
    Composer/Editor Sigfrid Karg-Elert
    Published By: Edward B. Marks Music Company (1941) pp. 21

Piano Duet+: Piano Duet One Piano

  • Seven Piano Duets: Suitable for Church Use
    Composer/Editor J. Bruce Ashton
    Published By: J. Bruce Ashton (1979) pp. 6

Instruments: Instrumental Solo

  • Mostly Baroque: Eleven Hymn Preludes for Solo Treble Instrument and Piano (incorrectly says "Organ")
    Composer/Editor Richard W. Slater
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1982) pp. 16

Instruments: Instrumental Solo with Organ

  • With Music Crowned: Chorale Settings for Organ and Instruments
    Composer/Editor Donald Busarow
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2009) pp. 50

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1252
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #5316
Text: O Son of God, We Wait for Thee
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #7276
Text: Whate'er My God Ordains Is Right
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #13577
Text: Was Gott Tut, Das Ist Wohlgetan
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #451
Text: What God Ordains Is Always Right
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
Small Church Music #7148
Text: Misaotra Anao, Jesosy o! (Thank You, O Jesus)
  • PDF Score (PDF)

Instances

Instances (1 - 35 of 35)
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Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1252

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Christian Worship #429

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #519

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #536

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Evangelical Lutheran Worship #776

Text

Glaubenslieder #2

Glaubenslieder #26

Text

Glaubenslieder #59

Glaubenslieder #72

Glaubenslieder #186

Glaubenslieder #248

Text

Glaubenslieder #260

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Hymns to the Living God #324

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Lutheran Service Book #760

Text

Lutheran Worship #422

Moravian Book of Worship #718

Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #601a

Psalms for All Seasons #136F

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #451

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Rejoice in the Lord #153

Audio

Small Church Music #920

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Small Church Music #6895

Audio

Small Church Music #7148

The Book of Praise #97

The Covenant Hymnal #425

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The Cyber Hymnal #5316

TextScoreAudio

The Cyber Hymnal #7276

TextScoreAudio

The Cyber Hymnal #13577

The New Century Hymnal #415

The Presbyterian Hymnal #243

Text

The Presbyterian Hymnal #284

The Worshiping Church #82

Text

Together in Song #109

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #108

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Trinity Psalter Hymnal #231

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