Who Shall Separate Us
Text Romans 8:35-39
Voicing SATB and organ
Scripture reference Romans 8:35-39
Length 2' 25" Price $2.25 (U.S.) Released 8/00
Catalog no. 410-540 Difficulty Moderately difficult
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"Richard Webster's 'Who Shall
Separate Us,' written for the 1999 Mississippi Conference on
Church Music, is on a larger canvas, which Richard fills with
grace and élan. This valuable setting of Romans 8:35-39
has many implications for use, which include not only the Second
Sunday in Lent (Year B) and All Saints', but also funerals, memorial
services, AIDs healing services, etc. There are so many fine
touches in this piece: the superb organ part, the sensitive text
setting, the splendid textures (see especially, 'nakedness or
peril, or sword'), the arching Lydian (raised 4th) and Mixolydian
(flatted 7th) harmonies, etc. What I value most, however, is
the flawless pacing and inevitability of this work. This is church
music at its finest." --AAM Journal, July/August
Broad and majestic, this festival
anthem is based on the words of Romans 8:3539. Reminiscent
of some of Herbert Howells choral music, it is a work of exceptional
beauty and grandeur.
Who shall separate us from the love
Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution,
or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
As it is written,
"For thy sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered."
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors
through him who loved us.
For I am sure that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present,
nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.