From the Jan/Feb, 2017 issue of Touchstone
Bend Down Thy Gracious Ear by Ken Myers

From Heavenly Harmony

Bend Down Thy Gracious Ear

by Ken Myers

The Reformation's lasting influence on the music of the Church begins with the publication in early 1524 of Etlich Cristlich lider Lobgesang, the first Lutheran hymnbook. Also known as the Achtliederbuch, the Hymnal of Eight, it contained the German texts for just eight hymns (four of which were by Luther) and only five tunes. One of the texts—printed under the heading, "Der Psalm de Profundis"—was Luther's paraphrase of Psalm 130. Better known by its first several words in German, "Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu . . .

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