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Composer: Joachim Neander
Published in 21 hymnals

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Composer: Joachim Neander

Neander, Joachim, was born at Bremen, in 1650, as the eldest child of the marriage of Johann Joachim Neander and Catharina Knipping, which took place on Sept. 18, 1649, the father being then master of the Third Form in the Paedagogium at Bremen. The family name was originally Neumann (Newman) or Niemann, but the grandfather of the poet had assumed the Greek form of the name, i.e. Neander. After passing through the Paedagogium he entered himself as a student at the Gymnasium illustre (Academic Gymnasium) of Bremen in Oct. 1666. German student life in the 17th century was anything but refined, and Neander seems to have been as riotous and as fond of questionable pleasures as most of his fellows. In July 1670, Theodore Under-Eyck came to Breme… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Joachim Neander
Incipit: 17123 21255 776
Key: a minor
Source: Alpha und Omega
Copyright: Public Domain


MEINE HOFFNUNG received its name from its association with Joachim Neander's (PHH 244) text "Meine Hoffnung stehet feste" ("All My Hope on God Is Founded"). The tune was published with Newton's text in Neander's Alpha and Omega (1680). (The chorale found in Johann S. Bach's Cantata 40 is very loosely based on MEINE HOFFNUNG.)

To reflect the emphases in the text, sing stanzas 1 and 3 in unison and stanzas 2 and 4 in harmony. Singers and accompanists should note the built-in ritardando in the final long line; no further expressive device needs to be added in the final stanza.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988



Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • 150 Last Verse Harmonies: For Use with the Hymn Books of the Baptist, Methodist, United Reformed and Other Free Churches
    Composer/Editor Timothy Blinko
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2007) pp. 80
  • 113 Variations on Hymn Tunes for Organ
    Composer/Editor George Thalben-Ball
    Published By: Novello and Company Limited (1969) pp. 56

Organ Solo

  • 113 Variations on Hymn Tunes for Organ
    Composer/Editor George Thalben-Ball
    Published By: Novello and Company Limited (1969) pp. 56


Instances (1 - 10 of 10)

Esperanta Himnaro #10a

Hymns and Psalms #63a

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #228b


Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #451a

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #614

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Rejoice in the Lord #156

Singing the Faith #455b


Small Church Music #604


The Cyber Hymnal #149


Together in Song #560b

Include 11 pre-1979 instances
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