Aus der Tiefe

First line:
Forty days and forty nights
composer
probable attribution; NEH 67
author of text
author of text

 
For members of many churches this is the hymn that signals the beginning of Lent, the period of fasting and prayer that leads up to and prepares for Easter. Particularly at the beginning of Lent we remember the example of Jesus who was forty days in the wilderness after his Baptism, working out what his calling was to mean. The hymn, written initially by Smyttan and adapted by Pott (both clergy of the Church of England), follows these thoughts closely.

This sombre tune appeared in a Nuremberg publication of 1676 with only the initials MH, which have been variously interpreted as Martin Herbst or the otherwise unknown Martin Heinlein. It is either called ‘Heinlein’ or ‘Aus der Tiefe’ (‘Out of the deep’) from the hymn to which it was originally set.

from notes by Alan Luff © 2002

Recordings

The English Hymn, Vol. 3 – Hills of the north, rejoice
CDP12103

Details

Track 7 on CDP12103 [2'25]

Track-specific metadata for CDP12103 track 7

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-01-10307
Duration
2'25
Recording date
19 June 2002
Recording venue
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. The English Hymn, Vol. 3 – Hills of the north, rejoice (CDP12103)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: September 2002