Wie ein Hirsch, Lewandowski

Wie ein Hirsch, Lewandowski


Composed By: Louis Lewandowski

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Voicing: SATB (divisi)

Language: German

Difficulty: moderate (lots of divisi passages)

Country: Germany

Solos: soprano (brief)

Instruments: organ (optional)

Lyrics: Psalms 42 and 43

Year Composed/Published: 1879

Timing: 5:45

Tempo: moderately slow

First Line: Wie ein Hirsch lechzet nach Frischem Wasser (As the hart pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after thee, O God.)

description: Lewandowski’s music resembles that of his contemporary, Felix Mendelssohn; the style is firmly rooted in the classical/romantic choral tradition. “Wie ein Hisrch,” a German motet based on verses from Psalms 42 and 43, was originally published in in 1879 in Achtzehn liturgische Psalmen für Soli und Chor mit Begleitung der Orgel.

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