Apr 15

Set me as a seal upon thine heart (Song of Solomon 8:6-7) – Sir William Walton

 

Capital from the Song of Solomon in Winchester...

Capital from the Song of Solomon in Winchester Cathedral. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Song of Solomon 8:6a,7a

Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.


Set me as a seal upon thine heart (1938), composed by Sir William Walton (1902-1983)


Performed by LUUMS Chamber Choir

 

Feb 18

My beloved spake (Song of Solomon 2:10-13) – Patrick Hadley

Song of Solomon 2:10-13

10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.

11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;

12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;

13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.


My beloved spake, composed in 1938 by Patrick Arthur Sheldon Hadley (1899-1973)


Performed by the Choir of Winchester Cathedral conducted by Andrew Lumsden

 

Feb 12

Arise, my love (Song of Solomon 2:10-14) – Stephen Paulus

King Solomon, Russian icon from first quarter ...

King Solomon, Russian icon from first quarter of 18th cen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Song of Solomon 2:10-14

10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.

11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;

12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;

13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

14 O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.


Arise, my love, composed by Stephen Paulus (1949-2014) to mark the retirement of Joseph Flummerfelt from Westminster Choir College in 2004


Performed by Northwest Tower Choir

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Jul 03

Nigra sum [I am black] (Song of Solomon 1:4-5; 2:10b-12a) – Pablo Casals

The Black Madonna of Tindari, sporting the inc...

The Black Madonna of Tindari, sporting the incsription NIGRA SUM SED FORMOSA. Tindari Madonna Bruna: restoration work in the 1990s found a medieval statue with later additions. Nigra sum sed formosa , meaning “I am black but beautiful” (from the Song of Songs, 1:5), is inscribed round a newer base. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Song of Solomon 1:4-5; 2:10b-12a

Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.

I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.

10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.

11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;

12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;


Nigra sum (1943), composed by Pablo Casals (1876-1973)


Performed by The Georgia Boy Choir

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