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BROTHER JAMES' AIR

Composer: James Leith Macbeth Bain

James Leith Macbeth Bain (b. Scotland, c. 1840; d. Liverpool, England, 1925), was a healer, mystic, and poet known simply as Brother James. The tune BROTHER JAMES AIR was first published in his volume The great peace: being a New Year's greeting ... (1915). Born in a devout Christian home, Bain came to doubt the faith but later regained a mystical belief with the aid of the Christo Theosophic Society. He founded the Brotherhood of Healers, and he and his fellow healers often sang to their patients during healing sessions. In the latter years of his life he worked among the poor in the slums of Liverpool. He published a book on healing entitled The Brotherhood of Healers ... (1906). Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988 Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: James Leith Macbeth Bain
Meter: 8.6.8.6.4.4.6
Incipit: 13515 61543 11711
Key: D Major
Source: Traditional
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

BROTHER JAMES' AIR was composed by James Leith Macbeth Bain (b. Scotland, c. 1840; d. Liverpool, England, 1925), the healer, mystic, and poet known simply as Brother James. The tune was first published in his volume The great peace: being a New Year's greeting ... (1915). Born in a devout Christian home, Bain came to doubt the faith but later regained a mystical belief with the aid of the Christo Theosophic Society. He founded the Brotherhood of Healers, and he and his fellow healers often sang to their patients during healing sessions. In the latter years of his life he worked among the poor in the slums of Liverpool. He published a book on healing entitled The Brotherhood of Healers ... (1906). This well-loved tune is in bar form (AAB) with an unusual final phrase that rises to a high tonic cadence. Ideally suited to part singing, the harmonization is adapted from the popular arrangement by Gordon Jacob (b. Norwood, near London, England, 1895; d. Saffron Walden, Essex, England, 1984) published in 1934, which was also titled "Brother James' Air." Jacob studied at Dulwich College and the Royal College of Music and received his doctorate in music from London University in 1935. He taught composition at the Royal College of Music from 1926 to 1966 and was respected both as a fine teacher and as a composer of orchestral, chamber, and choral music and film scores. Included in his publications are Orchestral Technique (1931) and The Composer and His Art (1960). --Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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Chalice Hymnal #3

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Chalice Hymnal #79

Chalice Hymnal #734a

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Christian Science Hymnal Supplement #435

Christian Science Hymnal #452

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Christian Worship #766

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #16

Common Praise (1998) #498

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #654b

Discipleship Ministries Collection #144

Discipleship Ministries Collection #155

Discipleship Ministries Collection #188

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Evangelical Lutheran Worship #778

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Hymnal 1982 #517

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #45b

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Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #591b

Hymns of the Saints #126

Hymns of the Saints #350

Lutheran Worship #417

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Moravian Book of Worship #720

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Psalms for All Seasons #4A

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Psalms for All Seasons #23C

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Psalms for All Seasons #84E

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Small Church Music #1166

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The New Century Hymnal #479

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The Worshiping Church #615

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #86

Voices United #748

Worship (3rd ed.) #612

Worship (4th ed.) #709

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Worship in Song #211

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