Nimm mich - (2102)
medium voice and piano
mich dir zu eigen hin,
Nimm mein Herze zum Geschenke.
Alles, alles, was ich bin,
Was ich rede, tu und denke,
Soll, mein Heiland, nur allein
Dir zum Dienst gewidmet sein.
page, circa 1' 20"
D. G" from an autograph by G. F. Handel
me to you as your own,
Take my heart freely given.
All, yes all, that I am,
What I say, do and think,
I shall, my Lord, only be
Dedicated in service to you.
anonymous text is from circa 1724, and was used by J. S. Bach in his
cantata, Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen, BWV 65, in an elaborate da
capo aria for tenor in an elegant 3/8 meter, horns and oboes echoing and
adding lines to the full ensemble. The above autograph showing the
abbreviation, S. D. G. or "soli Deo gloria," is in Handel's work, so noted
as in Bach's work and many other composers.
organ work of mine is so titled,
Soli Deo gloria,
which came about for my association with organ builder,
Rosales. The notion that all we are is 'of God' is common to a
number of religions and in their various denominations. For this, I chose
this text as a simple, small work, a hymn rather than an extended aria with
the orchestra interlude as conceived in the great thoughts of our "Papa"
Bach. The sentiment is nonetheless the same, and reminds me of a
conversation with one of my neighbors, Matthias Menge, about the wisdom of
being grateful -- Dankbarkeit -- for so much in our lives, from the
greatest to the smallest gifts granted us.
several interior lines of this hymn add poignancy to the more simple melodic
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Nimm mich is available as a free PDF download, though any major
commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior
arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this score.