He is risen! He is risen!
Score and parts for UNSER HERRSCHER arranged for the 5-part brass ensemble (two trumpets, two trombones, French horn) and timpani. Includes descant part. Contents include the score in legal format (horizontal), parts are US letter format.
The trumpet part was edited in March 2021. Purchasers can login and download the newer version.
The tune UNSER HERRSCHER was written by Joachim Neander (cf, LOBE DEN HERREN), with the underlay being Neander's own hymn Unser Herrscher, unser König (Our Lord, our King). It is AAB in form, and in the original the B phrase was a refrain played in a stately triple meter resembling a court menuet. Born and raised in Bremen, Neander turned from the life of raffish student when he came under the influence of the pastor of the Martinskirche, and from there began a new life of theology, study, teaching, and hymn writing. He had tenures as private tutor, rector (principal) of a school, and lay minister at the Martinskirche. His life was cut short by tuberculosis, at age 30. The tune is set in 8 7 8 7 7 7 meter, permitting application to a wide variety of texts - the Hymnary lists 15 online texts, and shows page facsimiles of several more, including the hymn for which this arrangement was created, the Easter hymn by Cecil Frances Alexander, He is risen! He is risen!, which uses the sun and dawn as metaphors of the Son and the resurrection.
v 9.2.1 - Updated December 2019
- four bars intro in brass rewritten
- bridge rewritten
- new voice leading in final four bars
- includes minor 2021 edit to trumpet part
v 9.1.3 - Updated March 2019
- four bars intro in brass, four bars at beginning of descant
1. He is risen, he is risen!
Tell it out with joyful voice:
he has burst his three days' prison;
Let the whole wide earth rejoice:
Death is conquered, we are free,
Christ has won the victory.
2. Come, ye sad and fearful-hearted,
With glad smile and radiant brow!
Death's long shadows have departed;
Jesus' woes are over now,
and the passion that he bore–
Sin and pain can vex no more.
3. Come, with high and holy hymning,
hail our Lord's triumphant day;
Not one darksome cloud is dimming
yonder glorious morning ray,
Breaking o'er the purple east,
Symbol of our Easter feast.
4. He is risen, he is risen!
He hath opened heaven's gate:
We are free from sin's dark prison,
Risen to a holier state;
And a brighter Easter beam
On our longing eyes shall stream.