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20 June 2022

Press release by Boosey & Hawkes

Till death us do part

Mixed Choir (SATB divisi) and Piano

Kim André Arnesen


  • Choral score
  • Text by Charles Anthony Silvestri
  • Part of the Contemporary Choral Series
  • Suitable for intermediate choirs
  • Published by Boosey & Hawkes


Weddings are joyful occasions – for the happy couple as well as for their community. When a couple stands before their friends and families, and sometimes in sacred settings before God, they make vows to each other. These vows are not simply words from some ancient ceremony; they represent a covenant to be fulfilled. But some couples are called on to fulfil their vows to each other sooner rather than the more expected later.

The text, by Charles Anthony Silvestri, is based on the author’s own experience loving his own wife through her difficult illness and early death, and it serves as a reminder to all those who take these vows that they come due sooner or later.

Suitable for intermediate choirs, Arnesen’s music is emotive and touching, at first portraying the joy and love of two people making their vows and, later, the turmoil of a breaking heart.