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Title page of the first edition
EditorHeinrich Bone
Published1847 (1847)
PublisherF. Schöningh

Cantate! (Sing!) is a German Catholic hymnal first published in 1847, and continued in seven editions until 1879. It was a collection of 444 old and new songs, edited by the educator and hymnwriter Heinrich Bone, and the first Catholic hymnal in German that was used in multiple dioceses. Several of the songs are still part of the common Catholic hymnal in German, Gotteslob.


Heinrich Bone published the hymnal Cantate! (Sing!),[1] a collection of 444 songs, which appeared between 1847 and 1879 in seven editions.[2][3] It was the first Catholic hymnal which was used in multiple German-speaking dioceses.[4] A book with melodies for the songs appeared in 1852.[2]


The hymnal has a programmatic title in Latin, referring to the traditional language in the Catholic Church. It is subtitled "Katholisches Gesangbuch nebst Gebeten und Andachten für alle Zeiten und Feste des Kirchenjahres" (Catholic songbook including prayers and contemplations for all times and feasts of the church year). Bone published traditional Latin hymns as the basis for singing in church,[5] and also translated medieval and Baroque texts to a contemporary language, such as "Komm, Schöpfer Geist, kehr bei uns ein" as a paraphrase of the 9th-century Veni Creator Spiritus, to make the return of traditional hymns to Catholic services possible.[5] It also contained new hymns.[4]

For the second, expanded edition of 1851, Bone wrote a foreword of several pages explaining his program, dated Christmas 1850. It is followed by an alphabetic index of the songs, first the songs in German, then those in Latin. A list of prayers and contemplations is followed by a list of the feasts, naming a saint for each day of the year. The songs begin with Latin hymns, listed with parallel German versions. The section with songs in German follows the liturgical year, beginning with Advent. Hymns often refer to original Latin hymns.[6]


The common German hymnal Gotteslob of 1975 contained several songs from Bone's Cantate!, some with revised wording. Some were included in its second edition of 2013, and some also in the Protestant hymnal EG. In the folling list, the GL number refers to the 2013 edition,[4] with the former number in brackets.


  1. ^ "Einmal mehr: Erinnerungen an Heinrich Bone mit einer Ausstellung und einem musikalischen Leseabend in Bones Heimatstadt Drolshagen". (in German). 1 June 2019. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b Herzfeld-Schild, Marie Louise (April 2015). "'Nur mit der Harmonie des Herzens'. Emotionalisierung von Religion in Heinrich Bones Vorwort zu 'Cantate!' (1847)". Geschichte der Gefühle - Einblicke in die Forschung (in German). Max Planck Institute for Human Development. doi:10.14280/08241.39.
  3. ^ Heinz, Andreas (1988). "Marienlieder des 19. Jahrhunderts und ihre Liturgiefähigkeit". Trierer theologische Zeitschrift (in German): 106–134.
  4. ^ a b c Bernard, Johannes (20 October 2020). "Ausstellung über früheren Schulleiter des Petrinums in Recklinghausen / Heinrich Bone legte die Grundlage für das "Gotteslob"". (in German). Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  5. ^ a b Bain, Jennifer (2015). Hildegard of Bingen and Musical Reception: The Modern Revival of a Medieval Composer. Cambridge University Press. pp. 119–120. ISBN 978-1-31-629967-8.
  6. ^ Bone 1851.


  • Bone, Heinrich, ed. (1851). Cantate! (in German) (2nd ed.). Paderborn: F. Schöningh.
  • Bone, Heinrich, ed. (1879). Cantate! (in German) (7th ed.). Paderborn: F. Schöningh.