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

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

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)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #451
Text: What God Ordains Is Always Right
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
Small Church Music #7148
Text: Misaotra Anao, Jesosy o! (Thank You, O Jesus)
  • PDF Score (PDF)

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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

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Glaubenslieder #2

Glaubenslieder #26

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Glaubenslieder #59

Glaubenslieder #72

Glaubenslieder #186

Glaubenslieder #248

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Glaubenslieder #260

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Hymns to the Living God #324

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Lutheran Service Book #760

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Lutheran Worship #422

Moravian Book of Worship #718

Presbyterian Hymnal #243

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Presbyterian Hymnal #284

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

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Small Church Music #920

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Small Church Music #6895

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Small Church Music #7148

The Covenant Hymnal #425

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The Cyber Hymnal #5316

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The Cyber Hymnal #7276

The New Century Hymnal #415

The Worshiping Church #82

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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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