LOBE DEN HERREN is based on Joachim Neander's eponymous 1679 chorale Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren. One of the great chorale writers of his time, this enduring chorale is considered by some to be his best, even one of the best (Bach was only five years old when this was written). Typical of Psalm-inflected German hymnody, it is a statement of wonder in the natural world as indicative of God's living presence. Neander died of tuberculosis at age 30 just one year after its publication.
The tune, widely believed to have originated as a folk tune, is officially attributed to the prolific author, Anonymous, and appeared in the Straslund Gesangbuch (1665), a few years prior to the text with which it is now associated. A search on the term 'straslund gesangbuch' will yield many links to LOBE DEN HERREN, demonstrating its significance.
Updated: Dec 2018 (Commentary updated Feb 2021)
Descant with organ harmonization. You can also download the instrumental passages.
Descant verse (Hymnal 1982) –
–Joachim Neander (1650-1680), tr. Hymnal 1940
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