WENN WIR IN HÖCHSTEN NÖTEN SEIN

Composer (attributed to): Louis Bourgeois

Louis Bourgeois (b. Paris, France, c. 1510; d. Paris, 1561). In both his early and later years Bourgeois wrote French songs to entertain the rich, but in the history of church music he is known especially for his contribution to the Genevan Psalter. Apparently moving to Geneva in 1541, the same year John Calvin returned to Geneva from Strasbourg, Bourgeois served as cantor and master of the choristers at both St. Pierre and St. Gervais, which is to say he was music director there under the pastoral leadership of Calvin. Bourgeois used the choristers to teach the new psalm tunes to the congregation. The extent of Bourgeois's involvement in the Genevan Psalter is a matter of scholar­ly debate. Calvin had published several partial psalter… Go to person page >

Harmonizer: Claude Goudimel

The music of Claude Goudimel (b. Besançon, France, c. 1505; d. Lyons, France, 1572) was first published in Paris, and by 1551 he was composing harmonizations for some Genevan psalm tunes-initially for use by both Roman Catholics and Protestants. He became a Calvinist in 1557 while living in the Huguenot community in Metz. When the complete Genevan Psalter with its unison melodies was published in 1562, Goudimel began to compose various polyphonic settings of all the Genevan tunes. He actually composed three complete harmonizations of the Genevan Psalter, usually with the tune in the tenor part: simple hymn-style settings (1564), slightly more complicated harmonizations (1565), and quite elaborate, motet-like settings (1565-1566). The vario… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: WENN WIR IN HÖCHSTEN NÖTEN SEIN
Composer (attributed to): Louis Bourgeois
Harmonizer: Claude Goudimel (1564)
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Incipit: 11233 44323 43217
Notes: Tune also known as: BOURGEOIS, COMMANDMENTS, GOUDIMEL, LES COMMANDEMENS DE DIEU, HOUR OF NEED, WHEN IN THE HOUR OF UTMOST NEED
Key: A♭ Major
Source: Genevan Psalter, 1547;Geneva Psalter, 1547; Setting, 1573;Genevan 141

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

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Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #178

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Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #792

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Christian Worship #102

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Christian Worship #413

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #631

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Common Praise (1998) #16

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Common Praise #298

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #257

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Lutheran Worship #428

Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #253

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #153

Rejoice in the Lord #65

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Rejoice in the Lord #590

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Sing! A New Creation #73

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Small Church Music #1529

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Small Church Music #6810

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The Cyber Hymnal #103

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The Cyber Hymnal #1356

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The Cyber Hymnal #2760

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The Cyber Hymnal #4804

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The Cyber Hymnal #7530

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The Cyber Hymnal #11307

The New English Hymnal #284

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The Presbyterian Hymnal #550

Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #724

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Trinity Psalter Hymnal #111A

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