Listen to the beginner piano arrangement of Saviour of the Nations, Come
Saviour of the Nations, Come was written by Ambrose who lived in the 4th century (340-397). He was an important church father serving as bishop of Milan, Italy. Ambrose was a staunch opponent of Arianism, an early heretical movement that denied that Jesus was an equal member of the Trinity. Ambrose is credited with promoting “antiphonal chant”, a style of chanting in which one side of the choir responds alternately to the other. In 1523, Martin Luther translated this hymn into German.
The tune name is NUN KOMM DER HEIDEN HEILAND which dates from a twelfth- or thirteenth-century Einsiedeln manuscript. Presumably by Johann Walther, the adaptation of the tune was published in the 1524. Johann S. Bach used the tune for preludes in the Clavierübung and Orgelbüchlein and in his cantatas 36 and 62.
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