Dir, Herr, dir will ich mich ergeben

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Dir, Herr, dir will ich mich ergeben
Motet by Anton Bruckner
Adam Elsheimer - Steinigung des heiligen Stephanus.jpg
Steinigung des heiligen Stephanus by Adam Elsheimer
Key A major
Catalogue WAB 12
Form Chorale
Language German
Composed c. 1845 (c. 1845):
Published 1932 (1932): Regensburg
Vocal SATB choir

Dir, Herr, dir will ich mich ergeben (To You, Lord, to You I will surrender myself), WAB 12, is a sacred motet composed by Anton Bruckner in c. 1845.

History[edit]

Bruckner composed the motet in c. 1845 either during his stay in Kronstorf or at the beginning of his stay in St. Florian Abbey. The original manuscript, on which the Tantum ergo, WAB 43 is also found, is in the archive of the St. Florian Abbey.[1] The motet was first published in band II/3, pp. 114–115 of the Göllerich/Auer biography.[1] It is put in Band XXI/9 of the Gesamtausgabe.[2]

Text[edit]

Dir, Herr, dir will ich mich ergeben,
dir, dessen Eigentum ich bin.
Du nur allein, du bist mein Leben,
und Sterben wird mir dann Gewinn.
Ich lebe dir, ich sterbe dir,
sei du nur mein, so g'nügt es mir.

To You, Lord, to you I will surrender myself,
you, whose property I am.
You alone, you are my life,
and so death then becomes to me a gain.
I live to you, I die to you,
you alone are mine, so I am fulfilled.[3]

This text, which was also used by Felix Mendelssohn in his oratorio Paulus, is based on the ninth verse of the hymn Herr Gott, du kennest meine Tage by Ludwig Rudolph von Senftt zu Pilsach over the Stoning of Stephen.[4]

Music[edit]

The 32-bar work in A major is a chorale for mixed choir a cappella.

As Crawford Howie writes, "both In jener letzten der Nächte WAB 17 (c. 1848) and Dir, Herr, dir will ich mich ergeben WAB 12 (c. 1845) for a cappella mixed-voice choir are chorale harmonizations, probably the result of [Bruckner's] studies with Zenetti."[5]

Selected discography[edit]

There are only a few recordings of Dir, Herr, dir will ich mich ergeben:

  • Balduin Sulzer, Chor des Linzer Musikgymnasiums, Stiftskirche Wilhering - Geistliche Musik – CD: Preiserrecords 90052CD, c. 1985
  • Thomas Kerbl, Chorvereinigung Bruckner 2011, Anton Bruckner: Lieder/Magnificat – CD: LIVA 046, 2011
  • Philipp von Steinäcker, Vocalensemble Musica Saeculorum, Bruckner: Pange lingua - Motetten - CD: Fra Bernardo FB 1501271, 2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b C. van Zwol, pp. 701
  2. ^ Gesamtausgabe - Kleine Kirchenmusikwerke
  3. ^ Text on ChoralWiki
  4. ^ Ulrich Schröter, ˌDir, Herr, dir will ich mich ergebenˈ. Bibel und Gesangbuch in Mendelssohns ˌPaulusˈ, Archiv für Musikwissenschaft, 64: 1, 2007
  5. ^ C. Howie, Chapter II, p. 26

Sources[edit]

  • August Göllerich, Anton Bruckner. Ein Lebens- und Schaffens-Bild, c. 1922 – posthumous edited by Max Auer by G. Bosse, Regensburg, 1932
  • Max Auer, Anton Bruckner als Kirchenmusiker, G. Bosse, Regensburg, 1927
  • Anton Bruckner – Sämtliche Werke, Band XXI: Kleine Kirchenmusikwerke, Musikwissenschaftlicher Verlag der Internationalen Bruckner-Gesellschaft, Hans Bauernfeind and Leopold Nowak (Editor), Vienna, 1984/2001
  • Cornelis van Zwol, Anton Bruckner 1824–1896 – Leven en werken, uitg. Thoth, Bussum, Netherlands, 2012. ISBN 978-90-6868-590-9
  • Crawford Howie, Anton Bruckner - A documentary biography, online revised edition

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