Two Fragments from Song of Solomon
David Ashley White

Composer David Ashley White
Texts Song of Solomon
SATB and piano
Topics Love
2' 00" + 2'00" Price $2.50 (U.S.)
Released 2/97
Catalog no. 222-221
Difficulty Moderately difficult
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"Also difficult to assess for [church] use are David Ashley White's two settings from the Song of Songs: Arise, my love and Set me as a seal. Written for a public school concert choir and premiered at the 1997 All-State Convention of the Texas Music Educators, these will take some translating for service use. The accompaniment is beautifully and idiomatically written for the piano, and it would be a shame not to hear it realized as David conceived it; if that presents no problems, Arise, my love could be gorgeous on Rogation Sunday, and Set me as a seal well, it's too beautiful to worry about!" AAM Journal, January 1998.

"Here are two stellar anthems for small choirs in one publication. The first, Arise, My Love, is distinguished by dancing, changing meters and a triadic melody whose culminating ascending seventh has an almost giddy "butterflies in the stomach" excitement. The piece will require singers who can hold their own accompanied by an equally dancing, independent organ part. Set Me as a Seal is less demanding but is graceful and sophisticated in a modest way. Four singers should be able to handle it admirably. Highly recommended." Cross Accent, Vol. 6B (Summer 1998)

Masterful settings of Arise, My Love and Set Me As a Seal for SATB and piano. Originally written for a honors high-school concert choir, the works adapt well for church use, and would be especially appropriate for weddings and services during Eastertide.

Anthem texts

Arise My Love

Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away;
for lo, the winter is past,
and the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land.

Text: from Song of Solomon

Set Me As a Seal

Set me as a seal upon your heart,
as a seal upon your arm;
for love is strong as death,
jealousy is cruel as the grave.
Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can floods drown it, drown it.
Set me as a seal upon your heart.

Text: from Song of Solomon


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