Christian Geist (c1640-1711): Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel – De Aeternitate YouTube

When I was writing my ‘Music of The Pater Noster Series’ Christian Geist’s setting of the Vater Unser was one of the many settings I reluctanly decided to leave out of the series lest it become too unwieldy. Geist  was a German organist who spent most of his career in Scandinavia, working first at the Swedish royal court and then in Copenhagen. His setting of Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel (The Lord’s Prayer) consists of a set of three instrumental variations for two violins and bass viol on the chorale melody coupled with an interspersed sinfonia I have the Robin Blaze recording of this and like it greatly but the performance by the Spanish countertenor Carlos Mena with Ricercar consort that you’ll find below is rather more satisfying to my mind. Enjoy :-)


Video Source: De Aeternitate. Christian Geist. Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel – YouTube  Published on 3 Apr 2012 by Alberto Sosa

Text & Translation: Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel


Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel.
Geheiliget werde dein Name.
Zukomme dein Reich.
Dein Wille gescheh, wie im Himmel,
also auch auf Erden.
Unser täglich Brot gib uns heut.
Und verlaß uns unsere Schuld,
als wir verlassen unsern Schuldigern.
Und führ uns nicht in Versuchung.
Sondern erlös uns von dem Übel.
Denn dein ist das Reich
und die Kraft und die Herrlichkeit
von Ewigkeit zu Ewigkeit.

Matthew 6: 9-13

Our Father which art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done, in earth
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

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