Augsburg Fortress

Lord of Our Life

Lord of Our Life

The German hymn on which Philip Pusey’s text is based was written during the Thirty Years' War. The anthem opens with a turbulent fanfare; the church as ark is surrounded by “hungry billows” and “poisoned arrows”; the fanfare returns as the Lord defends the church; a soaring descant climaxes on “the day when hell itself appalls us,” and leads to a quiet vision of peace.
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  • Publisher Augsburg Fortress
  • Format Sheet Music
  • ISBN 9781506413938
  • Brand Augsburg Choral Library
  • Dimensions 7 x 10.25
  • Pages 12
  • Season/Occasion Lent & Holy Week; Reformation
  • Voicing SATB/4-part mixed
  • Difficulty Easy-Medium
  • Publication Date March 3, 2016

Composer Commentary

“Lord of Our Life” was originally composed as a hymn concertato to be sung during eucharist at a New England Synod gathering in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1999. This anthem, along with settings of Martin Luther’s “Savior of the Nations, Come” (ELW 263) and the Moravian hymn “Rise, O Sun of Righteousness” (ELW 657) became part of a larger work, Reflections: A Tribute to Dietrich Bonhoeffer, for narrator, SATB choir, and chamber orchestra. The work is dedicated to Kearsarge Chorale, and premiered in concert in New London, New Hampshire in May 2014.