Franz Tunder (1614-1667)

Franz Tunder (1614 – 5 November 1667) was born in Lübeck, a town perhaps more well-known musically for its later Baroque musician, Dietrich Buxtehude. Indeed, Tunder was his predecessor as organist at the Marienkirche and Buxtehude married his daughter, Anna Margarethe. At the age of 18, Tunder was appointed as court organist in Gottorf in the same area of North Germany as Lübeck. Before that he had been to Italy to study where Girolamo Frescobaldi may have been one of his teachers. His musical style provides a link between the early Baroque style and the later Baroque composers including J S Bach. He was also responsible for establishing the Abendmusiken – a series of free daytime concerts originally for local business people; a tradition that lasted for several hundred years


Tun 1

Da mihi Domine

Motet

Edited by Derek Harrison

for bass (E(C)-f'), two violins, three viols and organ continuo

Price: £ 7.90

The text consists of two responds for matins : “Da mihi Domine ….” and “Ne derelinquas me ….”. The first has similarities to verses 4,5 and 10 (which is the second verse of the respond) from the Book of Wisdom Chapter 9. The second has some similarities to verses 1 and 3 of Ecclesiasticus Chapter 23.

Text and translation

Da mihi domine sedium tuarum assistricem sapientiam et noli me reprobare a pueris tuis,
quoniam servus tuus sum ego et filius ancillae tuae.
Mitte illam a sede magnitudinis tuae ut mecum sit et mecum laboret.

Ne derelinquas me domine pater et dominator vitae meae ut non corruam in conspectu adversariorum meorum ne gaudeant de me inimici mei.

Give me wisdom, that sitteth by thy throne, and cast me not off from among thy children:
for I am thy servant, and the son of thy handmaid.
Send her out from the throne of thy majesty, that she may be with me, and may labour with me.

Do not forsake me, O Lord & father and ruler of my life, that I may not be humbled in the sight of my adversaries nor that my enemies might triumph over me.

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