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Lord, keep us steadfast in thy word (Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort)

By Dietrich Buxtehude

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SATB choir, 2 violins, violone (violoncello), basso continuo
Composed by Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707). Edited by Thomas Schlage. This edition: Paperbound. Hymns by Martin Luther: Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort. German title: Erhalt Uns, Herr, Bei Deinem Wort 27. Sacred vocal music, Cantatas. Score. BuxWV 27. 24 pages. Duration 6 minutes. Carus Verlag #CV 36.015/00. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3601500).

Item Number: CA.3601500

ISBN M-007-09103-3. Language: German.

This cantata combines two texts: "Erhalt uns Herr bei deinem Wort" and "Verleih uns Frieden gnadiglich." The Lubeckisches Gesangbuch of 1703 included both hymns, with a verse by Johann Walter added, to the melody "Erhalt uns Herr." This was the basis for Buxtehude's composition. The copy of the tabulature of this cantata in the Duben Collection can be dated to the summer or autumn months of 1687. The composition consists of a four-part homophonic performance of the chorale verses, with a ritornello played by the accompanying instruments between the verses. A slightly polyphonic "Amen" completes the work.

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