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    There is a particular hymn: "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God."

    Please give me some information about the music (i.e. texture and background).

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    "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" is probably one of the most well known and majestic hymns that Luther ever wrote. No matter what people may think about the man and his teachings, the music in this hymn is truly inspiring. I've attached two small midi files that you can listen to. They are a bit fast, and after the first few phrases there should be a fermata, as in typical hymnal fashion; however, it should still give you an idea of the music. The one marked "R" is the rhythmic version while the one marked "I" is the isorhythmic version (see below).

    Felix Mendelssohn used this hymn in the Reformation Symphony (last movement). Listen to the hymn and then put on the Reformation. Mendelssohn does a fantastic job in orchestration.

    In fact, this hymn is so popular, that it was sung at the fun­er­al of Dwight Ei­sen­how­er.

    These are the words (in English translation, of course):

    A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
    Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
    For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
    His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
    On earth is not his equal.

    Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be ...