Faith, hope, and love remain

Faith, hope, and love remain : SA vocal score

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for SA and organ or piano This uplifting anthem combines two well-known texts that are commonly read at weddings: 1 Corinthians 13:13 ('And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.') and Song of Solomon 8:6-7 ('For love is strong as death. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.'). Retaining the flowing organ part of the original SATB version, the music perfectly mirrors the message of the texts, with melodic vocal lines building to full homophonic textures at the climax. Faith, hope, and love remain is suitable for use not only as part of a wedding ceremony but also for general services and concerts.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 8 pages
  • 179 x 253 x 1mm | 18g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193401657
  • 9780193401655

About Malcolm Archer

Malcolm Archer was educated at King Edward VII School, Lytham, the Royal College of Music, and Jesus College, Cambridge, where he was organ scholar. He studied the organ with Ralph Downes, Gillian Weir, and Nicolas Kynaston, and composition with Herbert Sumsion and Alan Ridout. He is a prolific composer with well over 200 published works, which receive regular performances on BBC radio and TV. Archer was formerly Organist and Director of Music at St Paul's Cathedral
and is now Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College.
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Review quote

The sunny key of F major is never seriously challenged, although Archer ably introduces some effective chromatic harmonies that enrich the tonal landscape. Part writing is modest and would work well for children's voices. The accompaniment, marked for either organ or piano in the score, is built on a memorable rhythmic motive that appears in nearly every measure without ever being tiresome. This fine piece is an excellent addition to treble choir literature, and it
is also available in a versino for SATB and organ. * Jason Overall, Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, September 14 * Archer cleverly combines two of the standard wedding texts in a commission for a very special wedding, that of the RSCM's former Regional Music Adviser, Andrew Robinson, to Laura in 2011 . . . to create an anthem about God's love, suitable for general use as well as at weddings. The organ part and vocal lines (linked by musical motifs) have a relaxed and easy flow, building to a thrilling climax in what is overall a reflective piece. * James L. Montgomery, Sunday by Sunday, March 2015 *
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