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Kirkpatrick, William James William James Kirkpatrick
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(1838 - 1921)
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Jesus Saves!

Jesus Saves!
William James Kirkpatrick

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Composer :William James KirkpatrickKirkpatrick, William James (1838 - 1921)
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Arranger :William James KirkpatrickZisi, Matthew
Copyright :Copyright © Matthew Zisi
Stirring arrangement of Jesus Saves!, perfect for prelude, offertory, or other special service music
Added by crosby3145 the 2018-07-13

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This sheet music is part of the collection of crosby3145 :
Jesus Saves! and Nine Other Hymns by William J. Kirkpatrick

Certain names seem to show up on every other page in a hymnal, and one of those is William J. Kirkpatrick. The other famous William (along with Bradbury), Kirkpatrick lived a little after the elder William and wrote in a style more reminiscent of Bliss, Sweney, Gabriel, and other contemporaries—a little more lively and upbeat than the style of their predecessors. During those 83 years, Kirkpatrick wrote the tunes to famous classics by Fanny J. Crosby, Eliza E. Hewitt, and a host of other famous hymnwriters.
Kirkpatrick was one of those who adopted America as his native country—he was actually born in Ireland. The Kirkpatrick family emigrated to the United States in 1840 but waited a bit before bringing William in, so they could settle. (His younger sister made it to the U.S. first, born on ship on the way over.) William eventually arrived and proved to be a musical prodigy, learning to play instruments as diverse as the cello, the fife, the flute, the organ, and the violin. T. Bishop was his vocal professor, and Kirkpatrick used his talents for the lord, singing in the choir at the Wharton Street Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, which he joined in 1855. He also joined the Harmonia and Haydn Sacred Music Societies. Yet music wasn’t his only source of income—Kirkpatrick also trained as a carpenter and served in that capacity for many years.
Despite his organ talents, Kirkpatrick was frequently called upon to play violin and cello—due to the scarcity of pipe organs, the more portable strings were often used in rehearsals. Presumably, this was just fine with Kirkpatrick, who wanted to be a concert violinist growing up. He also wrote hymns during this time and saw his first collection, “Devotional Melodies,” get published in 1859.
1861 was a major year in Kirkpatrick’s life, as he married Susanna Doak. The couple would go on to have three children, including May D. Kirkpatrick, who followed in her father’s footsteps as a hymnwriter. Kirkpatrick also joined the army in 1861, serving as the fife major for the 91st Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers. He was the last the regiment would ever have, as the position was eliminated the next year. Kirkpatrick then became the head organist at the Ebenezer Street Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, still writing hymns. He met John R. Sweney, a fellow hymn tune composer, during this time, and the two worked together a lot the next several years in writing and publishing hymns.
Susanna passed away in 1878, and after her death, Kirkpatrick threw himself more fully into a music career, giving up carpentry. Between 1880 and 1897, Kirkpatrick attended the Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, where he became the music director. In addition to the many books he published, he would also write special music for Christmas and Easter each year. He and Sweney put out 49 major books of hymns during this time.
In 1893, Kirkpatrick remarried. He and his new wife, Sarah Kellogg Bourne, travelled the world together. Following her death in 1917, Kirkpatrick married one last time, this time to Lizzie Sweney, widow of his good friend John. The night he died in 1921, he went to his study, telling her that he had a tune he wanted to write down before she got it. It was there, at his desk, that he went to be with the Lord.
Well, Kirkpatrick wrote many hymns in his lifetime, and many of those went on to be famous. He wrote the “Cradle Song” tune to “Away in a Manger,” which still is heard frequently at Christmastime and is actually the more famous of the two tunes those words are sung with outside the United States. Kirkpatrick also wrote the music to many of Fanny Crosby’s hymns. His tune for “Redeemed” still competes with the newer one by Aubrey L. Butler published in 1967, and while Butler’s is good, I like Kirkpatrick’s way better. Kirkpatrick also wrote the music to “Lord I’m Coming Home,” based on the story of the Prodigal Son and still often sung during the invitation portion of the service.
This collection doesn’t contain the Christmas hymn, nor does it contain “Redeemed” (in my Fanny Crosby collection) or “Lord, I’m Coming Home” (in my invitation collection). It does, however, contain some of Kirkpatrick’s other most famous tunes. “Jesus Saves” is a lively, succinct statement of the joy Christ’s salvation brings to our lives—it was famous as the intro music for “The Old-Fashioned Revival Hour” for many years. “’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” is still often heard during baptisms. “We Have an Anchor” and “Stepping in the Light” are still commonly-heard favorites, as well. Other pieces contained in this volume are “Lead Me to Calvary,” “The Comforter Has Come,” “Meet Me There,” “O to Be Like Thee,” “Give Me Thy Heart,” and “You May Have the Joy-Bells.” I hope you enjoy these hymns as much as I have!

Sheet music list :
Kirkpatrick, William James : 'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
Kirkpatrick, William James : Give Me Thy Heart
Kirkpatrick, William James : Jesus Saves!
Kirkpatrick, William James : Lead Me to Calvary
Kirkpatrick, William James : Meet Me There
Kirkpatrick, William James : O to Be Like Thee!
Kirkpatrick, William James : Stepping in the Light
Kirkpatrick, William James : The Comforter Has Come
Kirkpatrick, William James : We Have an Anchor
Kirkpatrick, William James : You May Have the Joy-Bells

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