ComposerMark Browse
Instrumentschorus, piano, violin, cello, soprano and tenor
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Picture of Sheet music  by Mark Browse. Anthem for SATB chorus, soprano and tenor solo, piano, violin and cello

This anthem was written for the composer's own wedding in 2001, to words chosen by the composer's wife. The imagery of the bride and bridegroom which runs through the Song of Solomon seemed to fit well with a marriage feast, as did the references to eating and drinking.

The Latin text is used because of the beautiful musicality of its vowels, and the internal sound-patterns of phrases like 'et comedat fructum pomorum suorum'.

Surge, Aquilo was performed in New York in March 2009 by the Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, as part of a concert inspired by the Song of Solomon. A member of the RCCNY commented:

This piece is permeated with so much love, beautiful and pure, a real gem, transporting the listeners into another dimension. Thank you for it!

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