James Whitbourn: Set Me As A Seal Upon Thine Heart

Books | Organ, SATB

Publisher: Chester Music
Composer: James Whitbourn
Format: Sheet Music | Vocal Work

James Whitbourn's Set Me As A Seal Upon Thine Heart for SATB and Organ.

Composed for the wedding of James Roman and Grace Svatek
Trinity Church, Princeton, New Jersey, November 4, 2017

Duration: 4.5 minutes

James Whitbourn's setting of the text popular at weddings, Set me as a seal upon thine heart is a worthy competitor for Walton's well-known version. For SATE choir, and not too demanding - though needing vocal clarity and accurate pitching - it is in an ABA form, the gentle opening and concluding sections separated by the build-up to the climax on a C-sharp major chord at the end of the phrase 'many waters cannot quench love', followed by a brief organ interlude before subsiding to a piano ending. The whole is lightly and supportively accompanied on the organ. It is well worth considering by choirs needing new ideas for their wedding playlist. - Organists' Review

Published on: 16 May 2017
Language: English
Catalogue No: CH86636

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      Houston, Texas, USA GB
      This is a wonderful, fresh new setting of a beloved text. Accessible to the average church choir, Whitbourn effectively captures the beauty and gravity of this text. Designed to be able to be learned quickly, the choral parts repeat and are not terribly difficult (except on or two tricky spots) yet are beautiful and effective. The organ accompaniment can be easily adapted to organs both large and small. There is even a lovely organ solo interlude that could showcase a nice solo stop.
      While the website says the piece is scored for SATB it is actually SSATB. There is one line of divisi, but it is not complex and is easily learned.
      Confirmed purchase: 11 December 2017
      Published on: 20 January 2018

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