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We plough the fields and scatter – Wir pflügen

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We plough the fields and scatter
published in Hanover in 1800; doubtful attribution; NEH 262
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We plough the fields, and scatter can fairly be looked upon as a folk hymn even though the identity of poet and composer are known, because it was deliberately written in folk style. The text, by the German writer and poet Matthias Claudius, originally came from a short humorous play depicting harvest festivities in a north German village. The poem was later set to music by J. A. P. Schulz, a minor composer born in Berlin who eventually became Capellmeister to the Danish court; it was published in Lieder für Volksschulen (Songs for Elementary Schools) in 1800. From there it passed to England, where it appeared in Jane Campbell’s translation in The Bible Class Magazine in 1854, soon becoming a firm favourite for the distinctively English church festival of Harvest Thanksgiving. The pastoral tone of both words and music reflect the love of nature found in such works of its period as Haydn’s The Seasons.

from notes by Collegium Records © 2000


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