Fairest Lord Jesus
The "Fairest Lord Jesus", also well-known as the "Beautiful Savior", is a Christian song of praise.
As stated by any accounts, it was called "Crusader's Song of Praise" because it was sung by German Crusaders as they made their way to the Holy Land. But William Jensen Reynolds releases as "totally erroneous" any association of this song of praise with the Crusades. The texts may have started in the Jesuit Order, which came into being after the Crusades. The melody transpires in Franz Liszt's oratorio Legend of Saint Elizabeth—where in the tune forms part of the "Crusader's March"—but no proof of the melody exists preceding to the year 1842, when the song of praise appeared in Schlesische Volkslieder.
The melody, initially a Silesian folk song, and the German content were produced for the 1st time in the year 1842 by August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben and Ernst Richter under the name Schönster Herr Jesu.
In the year 1850 the Danish hymn-writer B. S. Ingemann wrote Dejlig Er Jorden, which he set to the similar tune. An English translation by Jens C. Aaberg was produced as Fair Is Creation. Aside from their musical setting, the Danish and German lyrics are not related.
Joseph Seiss was born and raised in a Moravian house with the original family name of Seuss. After learning at Pennsylvania College in Gettysburg and accomplishing his theological education with tutors and through private learning, Seiss became a Lutheran pastor in the year 1842. He helped some Lutheran congregations in Virginia and Maryland and then became pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church (year 1858 - year 1874) and the Church of the Holy Communion (year 1874 - year 1904), both in Philadelphia. Known as a fluent and famous preacher, Seiss was also a productive author and editor of some 80 volumes, including The Last Times (year 1856), The Evangelical Psalmist (year 1859), Ecclesia Lutherana (year 1868), Lectures on the Gospels (year 1868 - year 1872), and Lectures on the Epistles (year 1885). He provided to and gathered some song books.
The Planetshakers is the modern praise music band, a central part of Planetshakers Church in Melbourne, Australia.
With more than thirty internationally honored albums, the band tours yearly in the US, UK, Europe, South Africa, Asia, South America, Australia and New Zealand and has seen a lot of triumph having been nominated for multiple Dove Awards.
Established in Adelaide for the 1st Planetshakers Conference in the year 1997, the band has an aspiration to spread modern worship music worldwide. They are presently located in Melbourne at Planetshakers Church, under the leadership of Senior Pastors Russell and Sam Evans.
The 2002 Australian Idol champion Guy Sebastian is a former member of the band, taking both lead and backup vocal parts on the year 2002 and year 2003 albums and conferences.
It was revealed in 2008 that Michael Guglielmucci, former bass player in the Planetshakers band, had dishonestly declared he was expiring of cancer. Throughout this time Guglielmucci got money from supporters who believed his sickness was factual. Guglielmucci produced the "Healer" song for the album "Savior of the World" was released in June 2007. The "Healer" is a melody of motivation for believers who were enduring from cancer. Guglielmucci expounded his actions as being a result of a long-term pornography addiction.
In the year 2004, their album Open Up the Gates, was proposed for the "Praise and Worship Album of the Year" Dove Award.
The Endless Worship: Live, released in March 2014, reached No. 3 on the Billboard Top Heat-seekers chart and No.16 in on the Billboard Christian Albums chart. The video of the melody the "Endless Praise" was nominated for Dove Award Long Form Video of the Year 2014.
The album, Nada es Imposible, in Spanish which was released in July 2014, reached position No. 17 on the Billboard "Latin Pop Albums" chart and was proposed by the Premios Arpa in 3 genres: best group or duo album, album rock or hard rock and producer of 2014.
The video of the melody the "This is Our Time" was proposed for the Dove Award Long Form Video of the Year 2014.
The video of the tune of "Let's Go" was proposed for the Dove Award Long Form Video of the Year 2015.
The video of the melody the "Overflow" was nominated for Dove Award Long Form Video of the Year 2016.
Planetshakers was proposed for the Dove Award in the genre: "Spanish Language Album of the Year" for Sé Quién Eres Tú (featuring Su Presencia).
The song of praise the "Fairest Lord Jesus" is sung to the hymn melody CRUSADER'S HYMN. This melody is of no known origin. The earliest form of this tune occurs in the collection by Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben, Schlesische Volkslieder, in the year 1842. It was produced by Fallersleben when he heard hay-makers sing it in the year 1839. It was named Ascalon in this group.
It is furthermore well-known as ST. ELIZABETH, as it was named by Franz Liszt in his oratorio, The Legend of St. Elizabeth. Evidently, Liszt wrote to a former organ student of his in Germany and asked for a tune he could integrate into the oratorio about St. Elizabeth, who resided in the 13th century in Hungary. Gottschalg sent Liszt the tune, saying it was an old "devotee melody." Liszt’s repeated use of it in his spirited oratorio presumably led to it being called CRUCIFIER'S HYMN.
As is usual with folk melodies, this tune seems to have come from older melodies. It is the same to a tune composed by Christian Ernst Graff for "Laat ons Juichen, Batavieren," that was used in the installation of Willem V as Statholder in the Hague in the year 1766, and was put in eight variations by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at that time.
Franz Liszt (German: [ˈlɪst]; Hungarian: Liszt Ferencz, in contemporary usage Liszt Ferenc [ˈlist ˈfɛrɛnt͡s];[n 1] born on 22 October 1811 and passed away on 31 July 1886) was a Hungarian songwriter, virtuoso pianist, conductor, music professor, arranger, and organist of the Romantic era. He was also a writer, a contributor, a Hungarian nationalist and a Franciscan tertiary.
Liszt gained prominence in Europe throughout the early 19th century for his prodigious virtuosity ability as a pianist. He was a companion, musical campaigner and sponsor to many songwriters of his time that includes Richard Wagner, Hector Berlioz, Robert Schumann, Camille Saint-Saëns, Edvard Grieg, Ole Bull, Joachim Raff, Mikhail Glinka, Alexander Borodin and Frédéric Chopin.
A prolific songwriter, Liszt was one of the most well-known representatives of the New German School. He left behind a vast and distinct body of work which influenced his forward-looking contemporaries and anticipated twentieth-century ideas and trends. Some of Liszt's musical offerings were the melodic poem, prospering thematic transformation as part of his experiments in musical form, and radical modernization in harmony.