WIE SCHÖN LEUCHTET

Composer: Philipp Nicolai

Nicolai, Philipp, D.D., son of Dieterich Nicolai, sometime Lutheran pastor at Herdecke, in Westphalia, and after 1552, at Mengeringhausen in Waldeck, was born at Mengeringhausen, August 10, 1556. (The father was son of Nicolaus Rafflenbol, of Rafflenbol, near Hagen, in Westphalia, and in later life had adopted the Latinised form Nicolai of his father's Christian name as his own surname.) In 1575 Nicolai entered the University of Erfurt, and in 1576 he went to Wittenberg. After completing his University course in 1579 (D.D. at Wittenberg July 4, 1594), he lived for some time at Volkliardinghausen, near Mengeringhausen, and frequently preached for his father. In August, 1583, he was appointed Lutheran preacher at Herdecke, but found many diff… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Philipp Nicolai (1599)
Meter: 8.8.7.8.8.7.4.8.4.8
Incipit: 15315 66556 71766
Key: D Major
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Adapting a tune written for Psalm 100 found in Wolff Köphel's Psalter (1538), Nicolai composed WIE SCHÖN LEUCHTET, which was published with the text in 1599. Although the tune was originally more varied rhythmically, the hymnal version here is isorhythmic (all equal rhythms) and set to the rich harmonization of Johann S. Bach (PHH 7). That setting will delight all choristers and challenge the organist's feet! Bach also used this tune in his cantatas 1, 36, 37, 61, and 172 and wrote a chorale prelude based on it (as have many other–especially Lutheran–composers).

A rounded bar form (AABA) tune, WIE SCHÖN LEUCHTET is a noble melody that has lost some of its strength due to isorhythm but has regained new color and vigor through the Bach harmonization. Try having the congregation sing this hymn in unison with harmony sung by the choir or played by brass instruments.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #920
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The Cyber Hymnal #98
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The Cyber Hymnal #2426
Text: He Is Arisen! Glorious Word!
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The Cyber Hymnal #2470
Text: Hallelujah! Let Praises Ring!
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The Cyber Hymnal #2477
Text: How Lovely Shines the Morning Star
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The Cyber Hymnal #2493
Text: How Brightly Beams the Morning Star!
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The Cyber Hymnal #2567
Text: How Bright Appears the Morning Star
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The Cyber Hymnal #4548
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The Cyber Hymnal #5757
Text: Rejoice, Rejoice, This Happy Morn
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The Cyber Hymnal #9682
Text: O Lord Most Holy!
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The Cyber Hymnal #10420
Text: How Lovely Shines The Morning Star
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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #357
Text: How Bright Appears the Morning Star
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Small Church Music #6170
Text: O! Mihobia, fa teraka (O, Let us sing, Jesus is born)
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Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #55
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Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #100Text
Chalice Hymnal #105
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Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #49Text
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Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #622
Christmas Favorites #27
Common Praise (1998) #622Page Scan
Common Praise (1998) #648Page Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #88Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #291TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #6TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #27TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #142TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #167TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #348TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #308
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #786TextFlexscorePage Scan
Glaubenslieder #100
Glaubenslieder #321
Glaubenslieder #350
Glaubenslieder #355
Glaubenslieder #418
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #827Text InfoAudio
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #496TextPage Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #497TextPage Scan
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Hymns to the Living God #118TextPage Scan
Les Chants du Pèlerin #171
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #101TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #391TextPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #395
Lutheran Service Book #488Text
Lutheran Service Book #822Text
Lutheran Service Book #913Text
Lutheran Worship #73
Lutheran Worship #160Text
Lutheran Worship #325
Lutheran Worship #437Text
Lutheran Worship #520TextPage Scan
Moravian Book of Worship #278TextPage Scan
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #69TextFlexscorePage Scan
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #29
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #59
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #130
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #183
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #184
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #228
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #290
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #710
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #357Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #367
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #18
Small Church Music #1710Audio
Small Church Music #1817Audio
Small Church Music #6170Audio
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #180
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #191
The Cyber Hymnal #98TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2426TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2470TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2477TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2493TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2567TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4548TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4989TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5185TextScoreAudio
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The Cyber Hymnal #9682TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #10420TextScoreAudio
The New Century Hymnal #158TextFlexscore
The New English Hymnal #27TextPage Scan
The Summit Choirbook #11
The United Methodist Hymnal #247TextAudio
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #199
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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #515TextFlexscorePage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #98Text
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Worship (3rd ed.) #389
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