“Lord Jesus Christ, I Call to Thee” (Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ), text by Johann Agricola (1494-1566). Tune Wittenberg (1529). Setting by Johann Crüger (1598-1662). Homophonic, SATB.
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Johann Crüger (1598-1662) was a composer, cantor, and private tutor in Berlin, Germany. He published sacred music prolifically and edited the most widely-used Lutheran hymnal of the 17th century. Crüger strongly promoted congregational singing, composing many beloved Lutheran hymn tunes.