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Was Gott tut, das ist Wohlgetan

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (06/19/22)
Composer: Kellner, Johann Peter
Sample Producer: Prospectum
Sample Set: St. Peter und Paul Weissenau
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Baroque
Johann Peter Kellner (28 September 1705 – 19 April 1772) was a German organist and composer. He was the father of Johann Christoph Kellner.

He was born in Gräfenroda, Thuringia, and was intended by his parents to follow his father into a career as a lamp-black merchant. He was devoted to music from childhood, and first learnt singing from the cantor Johann Peter Nagel and keyboard from his son Johann Heinrich Nagel. He studied for a year from 1720 with the organist Johann Schmidt in Zella, followed by a year with the organist Hieronymus Florentius Quehl (or Kehl) in Suhl, during which time he also studied composition. He knew Johann Sebastian Bach well, although it is not known whether he was taught by him. He was also acquainted with George Frideric Handel. In 1722, he returned to work as a tutor at Gräfenroda for three years. He was appointed cantor of Frankenhain in October 1725, returning to Gräfenroda in December 1727 as assistant cantor. He became cantor after Nagel's death in 1732, and remained in the post for the rest of his life; his pupils included Johann Philipp Kirnberger, Johannes Ringk, and J.E. Rembt. Kellner was admired as an organist, and performed for the Dukes of Coburg and Weimar and the Prince of Sondershausen.

"Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan" (What God Ordains Is Always Good) is a Lutheran hymn written by the pietist German poet and schoolmaster Samuel Rodigast in 1675. The melody has been attributed to the cantor Severus Gastorius. An earlier hymn with the same title was written in the first half of the seventeenth century by the theologian Michael Altenburg.

I tried to make this sound like a "trio" with flutes, violoncello, and solo voice. The recorded sound is quite "far away," so, the acoustic features prominently.

The score is attached below, as well as a plaque of Johann Peter Kellner at Gräfenroda, placed there in the composer's memory. Also attached is a 1690 printing of the hymn.

Translation in the FIRST COMMENT.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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