SPIRES

Composer: Joseph Klug

Born: Circa 1500, possibly at Nuremberg, Germany. Died: 1552, Wittenberg, Germany. Little is known of Klug, other than he was a publisher in Wittenberg. He was active from at least 1529 to 1552. His works include: Geistliche Lieder, edited by Martin Luther (Wittenberg, Germany: 1529) --www.hymntime.com/tch  Go to person page >

Harmonizer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was born at Eisenach into a musical family and in a town steeped in Reformation history, he received early musical training from his father and older brother, and elementary education in the classical school Luther had earlier attended. Throughout his life he made extraordinary efforts to learn from other musicians. At 15 he walked to L√ľneburg to work as a chorister and study at the convent school of St. Michael. From there he walked 30 miles to Hamburg to hear Johann Reinken, and 60 miles to Celle to become familiar with French composition and performance traditions. Once he obtained a month's leave from his job to hear Buxtehude, but stayed nearly four months. He arranged compositions from Vivaldi and other Itali… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: SPIRES
Composer: Joseph Klug
Harmonizer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Incipit: 12321 71232 13445
Key: e minor or modal
Copyright: Public Domain

Texts

We Have Not Known Thee As We Ought

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

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There is a God who reigns above

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The Cyber Hymnal #14591
Text: Thoughts On God And Death
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