Paul and Sandy Loether bring us a Lenten hymn tune played on guitar and some beautiful photos this week for our music offering.
Phred sang this aria in her first public recital twenty-three years ago and “was curious to know what it felt like to sing it again.” This aria has a very big and beautiful oboe part, which is what attracted Phred to it in the first place. “Way back when I was putting together repertoire for this first recital, the idea of carrying an entire concert made me very nervous,” and sharing the stage with the oboe mThe hymn tune, Aus der Tiefe Rufe Ich will be familiar to you with the text, Forty Days and Forty Nights. It was composed by Martin Herbst (1654-1681), who was a Lutheran pastor and rector for a school in Eisleben, Germany, and died of the plague at the age of 27. The tune also goes by the name Heinline, after Paul Heinline, which was attributed to him in past years. It was first published in a German hymnal in 1676.
The text was composed by an Anglican clergyman, George Smyttan (1822-1870). This poem was one of three Lenten poems composed and published in 1856. Smyttan moved to Germany in 1859, where he is buried.
After many weeks, it is great to hear the guitar again and enjoy Paul’s arrangement of this hymn, which can be found at #150 in our hymnal. Sandy’s photos are always excellent, and these are a perfect match for this hymn. Thank you both for sharing your talents with us.
Aus der Tiefe rufe ich (Out of the depths) Text
The last verse of the hymn follows.
Keep, O keep us, Savior dear,
ever constant by thy side:
that with thee we may appear
At the eternal Eastertide.