Lasst uns erfreuen

Descant to the hymn tune LASST UNS ERFREUEN. Free score with descant to three texts, organ harmonization, and optional instrumental passages. Free score. 


This tune was the setting for the Easter hymn, Lasst uns erfreuen herzlich sehr, which celebrates the resurrection narrative from the perspective of Mary. It first appeared in the Jesuit hymnal Ausserlesene Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesänge (Cologne, 1623, ed. Friedrich Spee), and the setting quickly produced variants regarding the distribution of the alleluias. German literature usually attributes authorship of both the text and the tune to the collection's editor. As a poet and hymnologist, the attribution to him of the text is plausible; however there are no first-hand references to support an assertion of composition. Moreover, opening phrase comes from a 1525 hymn tune, GENEVAN 68 / OLD 113TH .[1]  Authoritative English language sources are devoid of the attribution. ( A thoroughly-researched discussion can be found on the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland website.)

1Daw, Carl P., Jr. Glory to God: A companion, Westminster John Knox Press, 2016 (Louisville KY), p.18.

A congregational arrangement for two trumpets, two trombones, horn and timpani is available,including a Paschal version with the text from the 9th C. hymn, 'Light's glittering morn bedecks the sky.' It can be prepared with any text, and produced in US or A4 format. Link to audio demo of the brass version.

This version corrects a transcription error in the organ part of the descant, and reharmonizes the middle section (includes a change to the descant itself).

  • Ye watchers and ye holy ones
  • All creatures of our God and King


  Also scored for 5-part brass ensemble and timpani.


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