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Composer: J. A. P. Schulz

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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


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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #229TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #258Text
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #275Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #719TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #681Text
Glaubenslieder #430
Hinário para o Culto Cristão #30
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #291TextPage Scan
Hymnal: A Worship Book #96
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #352
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #284Text
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #428
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #292Text
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #76
Moravian Book of Worship #389
Moravian Book of Worship #453TextPage Scan
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #273
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #456Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #17TextPage Scan
Secular Hymnal: 144 hymn tunes made inclusive for all #66TextPage Scan
Singing the Faith #130
Small Church Music #527Audio
Songs for Life #69Text
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #655
The Cyber Hymnal #7227TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #262TextPage Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #130Text
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #714TextFlexscorePage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #520TextPage Scan
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #44TextAudio
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #448
Include 81 pre-1979 instances
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