Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund

"Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund" (When Jesus stood by the Cross) is a Lutheran Passion hymn in German by Johann Böschenstein [de] (1472–1540), which contains seven stanzas related to seven sayings of Jesus on the cross, framed by a stanza to introduce them, and one to conclude the meditation. It appeared in 1537.[1] The hymn tune is Zahn 1706.[2]

"Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund"
Lutheran Passion hymn
EnglishWhen Jesus stood by the Cross
Textby Johann Böschenstein
Melodyfrom Genevan Psalter
Published1537 (1537)
MIDI rendition

The hymn was often set to music, especially for Passiontide. Heinrich Schütz used the outer stanzas to frame his dramatic setting of the same sayings of Jesus, Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz.[3] Johann Sebastian Bach set the hymn as an organ chorale prelude (BWV 621) as part of the Orgelbüchlein.[4]


Cited sourcesEdit

  • Messori, Matteo. "Heinrich Schütz Edition / Sacred Choral Works" (PDF). Brilliant Classics. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  • "Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund". hymnary.org. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  • Williams, Peter (2003). The Organ Music of J. S. Bach (2nd ed.). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-89115-9.
  • Zahn, Johannes (1889). Die Melodien der deutschen evangelischen Kirchenlieder (in German). Vol. I. Gütersloh: Bertelsmann – via International Music Score Library Project.

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