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Now Thank We All Our God - Unison choir with solo

By Johann Cruger

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Piano Accompaniment, Organ, Choir, Unison - Early Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Johann Cruger (1598-1692). Arranged by Phil Beaman. Christian, General Worship, Thanksgiving, Wedding, Patriotic. Octavo. 7 pages. Published by Phil Beaman (S0.316567).

Item Number: S0.316567

Now Thank We All Our God is an English adaptation of the ancient German hymn Nun danket alle Gott. The lyrics were written by Rinkart in 1636, the melody by Cruger in 1647, and the popular harmony by Mendlessohn in 1840.
This arrangement begins with a Handelian keyboard introduction, modulates to the 1st Verse for Unison choir with a new homophonic reharmonization for accompaniment, then modulates to Verse 2 which is a softer Unison with a drone accompaniment and a voice solo antiphon, then a final modulation into Verse 3 which is Unison with optional traditional SATB hymn parts.
Since it is in Choral Unison we have used it here in the National Cathedral for gathered massed choirs from around the country to celebrate the official Government Holiday of National Day of Thanksgiving. I am aware that one country has also used this piece as part of the Investiture Ceremony to install their new Bishop. The addition of the Psalm antiphons gives it a Nationalistic angle as well. Further, in some countries this hymn is also a tradition at Christian Weddings. In short...this piece is perfect for any moment of Thanksgiving!
7 pages  4 minutes

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