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This beloved hymn is sung in almost every denomination in the United States and Great Brittan, but it is most adored in the Lutheran Church. In the Luthern Chruch, this Silesian melody is known as "Beautiful Savior."
The hymn-text was written in the 17th centruy by German Jesuits. Some stanza were first published in 1677 and other stanzes appeared in a Luthern hymnal in 1842.
All stanzas were translated into English by Joseph A. Seiss in 1873. It was arranged as we know it today by Richard S. Willis in 1850.
Dr. Coopers's melody-part styled writing makes the work accessible to most all adolescent singers.
You may find that the Three-Part variable voicing chart offers additional voicing options..
Words: Munster, 1677 (stanzas 1 & 3)
Leipzig, 1842 (stanza 2)
Translated into English, 1873
Music: Silesian Melody, 1842
Arranged by Irvin Cooper
Two- or Three-part Variable Voicing with Piano
Cambiata Press Catalog #I97681
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