Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland
|"Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland"|
"Nu kom der Heyden heyland" in the Erfurt Enchiridion
|English||Now come, Saviour of the heathens|
|Text||by Martin Luther|
|Based on||Veni redemptor gentium|
"Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland" (original: "Nu kom der Heyden heyland", English: "Now come, Saviour of the heathens") is a Lutheran chorale of 1524 with words written by Martin Luther, based on Veni redemptor gentium by Ambrose. It was printed in the Erfurt Enchiridion of 1524. The chorale was used as the prominent hymn for the first Sunday of Advent for centuries. It was used widely in organ settings by Protestant baroque composers. It is now best known as the base for Johann Sebastian Bach's chorale cantata Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 62 (1724) and the opening movement of his cantata Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61 (1714).
This chorale continues in modern usage, both in liturgically oriented Christian hymnals (for example, the Lutheran Book of Worship) and as the cantus firmus for organ compositions. In Brian Easdale's score for the 1948 film The Red Shoes, the melody from the chorale is heard as a theme late in the ballet, punctuated by ringing bells, brass instruments and a grand piano.
- Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland on bach-cantatas
- Chorale Melodies used in Bach's Vocal Works Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, a discussion of the origins and use of this chorale by baroque composers
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