WENN WIR IN HÖCHSTEN NÖTEN SEIN

Composer (attributed to): Louis Bourgeois

Loys "Louis" Bourgeois (French: [buʁʒwa]; c. 1510 – 1559) was a French composer and music theorist of the Renaissance. He is most famous as one of the main compilers of Calvinist hymn tunes in the middle of the 16th century. One of the most famous melodies in all of Christendom, the Protestant doxology known as the Old 100th, is commonly attributed to him. See also in: Wikipedia  Go to person page >

Harmonizer: Claude Goudimel

Claude Goudimel; b. about 1505, Vaison, near Avignon, rance; killed in St. Bartholomew massacre, Lyons, France, Aug. 24, 1572 Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal, 1908 Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer (attributed to): Louis Bourgeois
Harmonizer: Claude Goudimel (1564)
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Incipit: 11232 (1)42 (1)13 4321
Notes: Tune also known as: BOURGEOIS, COMMANDMENTS, GOUDIMEL, LES COMMANDEMENS DE DIEU, HOUR OF NEED, WHEN IN THE HOUR OF UTMOST NEED
Key: F Major
Source: Genevan Psalter, 1547; Genevan 141

Texts

When in the Hour of Utmost Need

The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended

The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended,
The darkness falls at Thy behest;
To Thee our morning hymns ascended,
Thy praise shall hallow now our rest.

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Notes

LES COMMANDEMENS (French for "the commandments"), a rich and graceful tune in the Hypo-Ionian mode (major), was used in the Genevan Psalter (1547) for the Decalogue and for Psalm 140, and later in British psalters and in the Lutheran tradition. The first setting in the Psalter Hymnal derives from Claude Goudimel's (PHH 6) 1564 harmonization; his original harmonization with the melody in the tenor (on facing page in the hymnal) may be used for unison or choral stanzas. Here are two performance suggestions: (a) the congregation or choir can sing stanzas 1 and 9 as a frame around the solo reading of stanzas 2 through 8 or of the corresponding verses from Scripture; (b) all can sing stanzas 1 and 9 (with the choir singing in harmony from the second setting), and the congregation can sing stanzas 2 through 8 antiphonally in unison. Organists can find preludes by Lutheran composers under the German title for this chorale tune: WENN WIR IN HÖCHSTEN NÖTEN SEIN. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #792
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #103
Text: All Mankind Fell in Adam's Fall
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #1356
Text: Enslaved by Sin and Bound in Chains
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #2760
Text: I Come to Thee, O Blessèd Lord
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #4804
Text: O Faithful God, Thanks Be to Thee
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #7530
Text: When in the Hour of Utmost Need
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #11307
Text: O Lord Of Hosts, The Earth Is Thine
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #153
Text: The Ten Commandments
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
Small Church Music #6810
Text: Avia, ry Mpanavotra (Come, O Saviour!)
  • PDF Score (PDF)

Instances

Instances (1 - 44 of 44)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #6
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #52
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #275
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #595
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #443
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #178
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #792Tune InfoScoreAudio
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #102Text
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #378TextPage Scan
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #413Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #631Text
Common Praise (1998) #16Text
Common Praise (1998) #81
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #298Page Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #257TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #495TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #522TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #580TextPage Scan
Hymnal: A Worship Book #131
Hymnal: A Worship Book #469
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #603
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #711
Lutheran Service Book #562Page Scan
Lutheran Service Book #615TextPage Scan
Lutheran Worship #363Text
Lutheran Worship #428Text
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #550TextPage Scan
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #253
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #153Text InfoTune InfoScoreAudio
Rejoice in the Lord #65
Rejoice in the Lord #590Text
Sing! A New Creation #73Audio
Small Church Music #1529Audio
Small Church Music #1852Audio
Small Church Music #2605Audio
Small Church Music #6810Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #103TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #1356TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2760TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4804TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #7530TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #11307TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #284
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #724
Include 55 pre-1979 instances
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