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Settings of: Song of Solomon (more)

Thanks to all those who suggested settings of texts from the Song of Songs.
Here is the list of responses, with publisher information when the correspondent
gave it. Many pieces were mentioned several times, with Daniel Pinkham's
"Wedding Cantata," the settings by Healy Willan, and the settings by William
Billings being mentioned most often.

First, there is already a list on the Choralnet site which I didn't find:

Here is the list, by composer:

Bairstow: I sat down under his shadow
Berry: Arise my Love
Billings: I am come into my garden
Casals: Nigra sum (treble voices)
Daley: Set me as a seal (Alliance)
Daley: Upon your heart (Oxford)
Dengler: Set Me As a Seal
Gottlieb: Set Me As a Seal (Transcontinental)
Grieg: How fair is thy face (from Four Psalms)
Halley: The rain is over and gone
King: Set me as a seal (Gordon V. Thompson)
Klebanow (arr.): Erev shel shoshanim
Larkin: Rise up my love (GIA)
Larkin: Set me as a seal (Alliance)
Mignemi: Surge Aquilo (
Miller: I am the rose of Sharon (SSAA)
Miller: Kisses of Myrrh (“Let Him Kiss Me,” mvt. I, published by Walton)
Moody: Canticum Canticorm
Moore: Rise up my love
Nance: Set me as a seal
Nelhybel: Adoratio
Palestrina: Canticum canticorum, cycle of 29 motets (Editio Musica Budapest z.7357)
Pinkham: Wedding Cantata
Rommereim: Uri Tsafon (Earthsongs)
Rommereim: Vox dilecti (Earthsongs)
Schultz: Ekstasis (Australian Music Centre)
Wade: Arise, My Love (1962 ACDA choral composition prize. Lawson Gould 51119)
Willan: I beheld her, beautiful as a dove
Willan: Rise up my love (Oxford)

Additional notes:

Many settings by Melchior Franck

There's also Boyce's large work on the Song of Songs, mainly for two soloists,
but I believe there's a couple of choruses in it as well.

J. Michael Thompson of Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh offers “Griadi
ot Livana,” from the Russian and Orthodox tradition.

If you're interested in Hebrew settings (and there are many!) you absolutely
should go to the Zamir Chorale of Boston's website ( and
click on the "Songs of Love" link. It will bring you to an issue of their
newsletter with numerous articles on the subject of Jewish love songs, including
settings of "Song of Songs".

Again, thanks to all.

David Schildkret
Director of Choral Activities, Arizona State University
on June 18, 2005 10:00pm
I would just like to add, there's a composition by Filipino composer Robin Estrada entitled "Awit ni Solomon", text in Tagalog (Philippine official language) taken from Song of Songs. The piece has been performed several times in international competitions (Tolosa 2000, Marktoberdorf 2001) by the Ateneo de Manila College Glee Club, conducted by me. Estrada has just finished his Master's degree in composition at the San Francisco Conservatory.