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October 4, 2015

2015-10-04 Notes from the Bench

“Now Thank We All Our God” by Johann Crüger

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate


“Now Thank We All Our God” (known also as “Nun danket alle Gott”) is a well-known German hymn of thanksgiving that transcends all national, language, and denominational boundaries. It is included in almost every American hymnal. “Nun danket alle Gott” is referred to as the “German Te Deum,” and is frequently sung during joyous religious ceremonies and occasions of thanksgiving, and it is considered a classic of Christian hymnody.

 Nun danket alle Gott has also been the basis of numerous organ chorale settings. For example, Johann Sebastian Bach used this melody for a number of his church cantatas and Felix Mendelssohn adapted it as the second movement of his second symphony Lobgesang or “Hymn of Praise.”



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