Tochter Zion, freue dich (George Frideric Handel)

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General Information

Title: Tochter Zion, freue dich
Composer: George Frideric Handel
Lyricists: Johann Joachim Eschenburgcreate page and Friedrich Heinrich Rankecreate page (1798-1876)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1868 in Geistliche Männerchöre 1, no. 5
  2nd published: 1869 in Sammlung von Volksgesängen für Knaben, Mädchen und Frauen, no. 30, p. 58
  3rd published: 1889 in 123 Volkslieder und Gesänge, no. 96
  4th published: 1895 in Liederschatz für höhere Schulen (Gustav Noack), Volume 3, no. 7
  5th published: 1912 in Sammlung kirchlicher Lieder für den gemischten Chor (Heim, Hegar), Teil 2, no. 9

Description: Originally composed as „Chor der Jünglinge“ (Text: "See the conqu’ring hero comes") in the 3rd movement of the Oratoriums Josua, Händel later inserted this choir also into "Judas Maccabäus".

Around 1820, Johann Joachim Eschenburg (other sources attribute it to Friedrich Heinrich Ranke) added the text "Tochter Zion, freue dich" and turned the song into an advent carol. Currently, it belongs to the most well-known and most often sung christmas songs in the German-speaking countries.

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

1.
Tochter Zion, freue dich!
Jauchze, laut, Jerusalem!
Sieh, dein König kommt zu dir!
Ja er kommt, der Friedenfürst.
Tochter Zion, freue dich!
Jauchze, laut, Jerusalem!
 
2.
Hosianna, Davids Sohn,
Sei gesegnet deinem Volk!
Gründe nun dein ewig' Reich,
Hosianna in der Höh'!
Hosianna, Davids Sohn,
Sei gesegnet deinem Volk!

3.
Hosianna, Davids Sohn,
Sei gegrüßet, König mild!
Ewig steht dein Friedensthron,
Du, des ew'gen Vaters Kind.
Hosianna, Davids Sohn,
Sei gegrüßet, König mild!