Hymn #102: O How Shall I Receive You
Melchior Teschner (1584-1635) composed this and another melody for a hymn by Valerius Herberger in the early seventeenth century. This tune name, VALET WILL ICH DER GEBEN, is from the opening of that text. ST. THEODULPH derives from the tune’s association with a different Latin hymn.
Melchior Teschner studied philosophy and theology in addition to music at the University of Franfurt-an-der-Ober. This training served him well in a career that included positions as cantor, teacher, and pastor. Teschner died in 1635 as a result of an attack by the Cossacks.