Erhalt uns Herr bei deinem Wort (Johann Walter)

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  • (Posted 2015-10-11)   CPDL #37193:     
Editor: Sabine Cassola (submitted 2015-10-11).   Score information: A4, 41 pages, 801 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Full score and individual parts available
  • CPDL #31024:         
Editor: Gerd Eichler (submitted 2014-01-21).   Score information: A4, 28 pages, 247 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from original print, Original note values and key signature, Musica Ficta clearly marked, original text spelling. Alternate wording for first verse included. Raising notest to a major third in resolutions often clash with other notes and is therefore avoided in general. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Erhalt uns Herr bei deinem Wort
Composer: Johann Walter
Lyricist: Martin Luther

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicings: SSATTB, SSSATB and SSATBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Languages: German, Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1566

Description: All 5 verses of the "Christian children song" are composed in separately. The motet concludes with "Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich" as 6th verse. The 5th part is always a soprano (Secundus Discantus). The 6th part "Vagans" requires different voices in the 6 verses: 1. baritone, 2. soprano, 3./4. tenor, 5. bass, 6. tenor. In the 3rd and 5th verse the 2nd soprano has the text of Latin hymns

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort.

Original text and translations may be found at Verleih uns Frieden.

Latin.png Latin text

5  O adoranda Trinitas, o veneranda Unitas.

German.png German translation

5  O heilge Dreifaltigkeit, o hochgelobte Einigkeit