Composer: J. A. P. Schulz

(no biographical information available about J. A. P. Schulz.) Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: J. A. P. Schulz (1800)
Meter: D with refrain
Incipit: 51155 31543 21556
Key: B♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain


WIR PFLÜGEN (named after the incipit of Schulz’s original third stanza) was published anonymously in the Hanover collection Lieder für Volksschulen (1800). But it was credited to Johann A. P. Schulz in Lindner’s Berlin songbook Jungenfreund (1812). The harmonization by John B. Dykes (PHH 147) was first published in the 1861 edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern.

The tune is noted for its opening phrase, which encompasses a very wide range, but that doesn’t appear to discourage most congregations from singing it. Sing the stanzas in unison (note that lines 1 and 4 are unison) and the refrain in harmony. Change the organ registration before stanza 3 to highlight the change of focus in the text: as we sing stanzas 1 and 2, we address each other, but in stanza 3 we address God.

Johann Abraham Peter Schulz (b. Lunebirg, Germany, 1747; d. Schwedt and der Oder, Germany, 1800) had a distinguished career in music, though his father wanted him to become a pastor. At the age of fifteen Schulz traveled to Berlin by himself to seek out a good music teacher. He persevered in his musical training under the composer and theorist Johann Philipp Kirnberger. Appointed accompanist and music teacher to the Polish princess Sophia Woiwodin in 1768, Schulz traveled all through Europe and was exposed to many different kinds of music. After1775 he had a number of prestigious positions, including director of the Royal French Theater in Berlin (1776-1780), director of music for Prince Henry of Prussia (1780-1787), and the director of the Royal Danish Theater (1787-1795). Schulz composed operas, instrumental works, church music, and song settings in a folk-music style, often setting the poems of great literary figures to music.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988


You have access to this FlexScore.
Are parts of this score outside of your desired range? Try transposing this FlexScore.
General Settings
Stanza Selection
Voice Selection
Text size:
Music size:
Transpose (Half Steps):
Contacting server...
Contacting server...

Questions? Check out the FAQ

A separate copy of this score must be purchased for each choir member. If this score will be projected or included in a bulletin, usage must be reported to a licensing agent (e.g. CCLI, OneLicense, etc).

This is a preview of your FlexScore.
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1081
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #7227
Text: We Plow the Fields
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #456
Text: We Plow the Fields and Scatter
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)


Instances (1 - 40 of 40)

Ambassador Hymnal #147


Ancient and Modern #290

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #801

Tune InfoScoreAudio

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1081

Church Hymnal, Mennonite #577

TextPage Scan

Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #229


Common Praise (1998) #258

Page Scan

Common Praise #275

TextPage Scan

Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #719

Complete Mission Praise #732


Evangelical Lutheran Worship #681

Glaubenslieder #430

Hinário para o Culto Cristão #30

TextPage Scan

Hymnal 1982 #291

Hymnal #96

Hymns and Psalms #352


Hymns for a Pilgrim People #284

Hymns for a Pilgrim People #428


Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #292


Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #229

Hymns of the Saints #76

Moravian Book of Worship #389

TextPage Scan

Moravian Book of Worship #453

Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #273

Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan

Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #456

TextPage Scan

Rejoice in the Lord #17

TextPage Scan

Secular Hymnal #66

Singing the Faith #130


Small Church Music #527


Songs for Life #69

The Covenant Hymnal #655


The Cyber Hymnal #7227

TextPage Scan

The New English Hymnal #262


Together in Song #130

TextFlexscorePage Scan

Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #714

TextPage Scan

Trinity Psalter Hymnal #551

TextPage Scan

Voices United #520


Worship in Song #44

TextPage Scan

نظم المرامير #361

生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #448

Include 94 pre-1979 instances
Suggestions or corrections? Contact us


It looks like you are using an ad-blocker. Ad revenue helps keep us running. Please consider white-listing Hymnary.org or subscribing to eliminate ads entirely and help support Hymnary.org.