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. 

The tune name owes itself to the original text, "Lasst uns erfreuen herzlich sehr," which roughly translates, "Let us with great gladness..." There is no english equivalent for the rich German in this phrase. Erfreuen- gladness - contains the root word of the English word 'free', and herzlich, heartfelt, is left out of the translations altogether. The first appearance of the tune is in the Jesuit hymnal Ausserlesene Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesänge (Cologne, 1623), and the hymn exists with various placements and treatments of the alleluia refrains. The setting we are so familiar with is by Ralph Vaughan Williams and was first published in The English Hymnal (1906) - yet he did not alter the bass from an edition published in 1658!

A congregational arrangement for two trumpets, two trombones, horn and timpani is available, including a Paschal version with the text 'That Easter day with joy was bright,' from the 7th 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. Inquire via the contact form.

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