A Mighty Fortress, the magnificent conclusion to Tunder World

The Mighty Fortress

Coming up next in London as part of the Tunder World series is A Mighty Fortress on Thursday 30 November…

Tunder World reaches a magnificent conclusion with a performance of some of Franz Tunder’s most elaborate and influential works. In his arrangements of hymn verses is a hint of things to come in the ‘chorale cantata’ style which would reach perfection in the hands of JS Bach.

Martin Luther

Martin Luther

The programme features three songs of praise, including Ein’ Feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress is our God), one of Martin Luther’s best-known hymns, which he wrote between 1527 and 1529. The text paraphrases psalm 46. A fitting end to a year in which we not only remember the 350th anniversary of Tunder’s death, but also the quincentenary of the Reformation.

Ein Feste Burg

Ein Feste Burg

Also in this programme is Tunder’s setting of the text of Helft mir Gott’s Güte preisen (Help Me to Praise God’s Goodness). The hymn is by Paul Eber (1511-1569) and the text encourages people to remember God’s mercy and blessings, especially as the year comes to an close and New Year celebrations are planned. The poet did not refer to the Bible readings for the day but portrayed thanks for the past year and prayers for preservation in the new year.

Tunder’s setting of Wend’ ab deinen Zorn, lieber Herr​ (Turn away your wrath, dear Lord) takes the hymn by Bartholomaeus Gesius (1555-1613) and sets it for 2 sopranos, alto, 2 tenors and bass with an orchestra of 6 viols and continuo.

Wend ab deinen zorn

Wend ab deinen zorn

A Mighty Fortress

Thursday 30 November @ 1:10 PM – 1:50 PM – Free
St Sepulchre without Newgate

Franz Tunder
Helft mir Gott’s Güte preisen
(Help Me to Praise God’s Goodness)

Franz Tunder
Wend’ ab deinen Zorn, Lieber Herr
(Turn Away your Wrath, Dear Lord)

Franz Tunder
Ein’ Feste Burg
(A Mighty Fortress is our God)

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