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Who Shall Separate Us

Composer Richard Webster
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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Review
"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 2001

Description
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.

Text
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
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.

--Romans 8:35-39

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