Listen: Love Endureth

Love Abide CD
Love Abide: CD
Panufinik compositions on the theme of "love"












Love Endureth is featured on the first track of a CD entitled Love Abide, performed by VOCES 8 and the London Mozart Players, with whom Roxanna Panufnik is Composer-in-Association. Audio clips are available on the Love Abide website. The CD also features two Masses, a Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, as well as settings of texts from 1 Corinthians 13.

For information on performing this work or obtaining a perusal score, please contact SDG.


Additional performances

Oct 2, 2012 (U.S. Premiere)
Chanticleer, Jace Wittig, conductor
Idaho State University, Moscow, ID

Oct 28, 2012
Chanticleer, Jace Wittig, conductor
Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe
Dallas, TX

Feb 28, 2013
Chanticleer, Jace Wittig, conductor
Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
St. Louis, MO

Mar 14, 15, 2013
Chanticleer, Jace Wittig, conductor
ACDA Convention
Dallas, TX


About the composer

Roxanna Panufnik has written a wide range of pieces, including opera, ballet, music theatre, choral works, chamber compositions and music for film and television. Among her most widely known works is the Westminster Mass, commissioned for Westminster Cathedral Choir. Recent premieres include her oratorio Dance of Life for multiple choirs and the Tallinn Philharmonic Orchestra, and Four World Seasons for violinist Tasmin Little and the London Mozart Players, which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, launching their Music Nation Weekend, celebrating the 2012 Olympics.

Panufnik is the inaugural Associate Composer with the London Mozart Players, 2012 - 2015, and her compositions have been recorded by many companies, including Warner Classics and EMI Classics.

For a complete biography, visit Roxanna Panufnik's website.

Love Endureth

Roxanna Panufnik
Love Endureth

Double mixed chorus (SSAATTBB), a cappella
DURATION: 5 minutes
TEXT: Psalm 136(135)
Choral work with strong Jewish melodic influence from two fragments of Spanish Sephardic Jewish chants.Psalms Project commission




World Premiere
May 13, 2012
Westminster Cathedral Choir
Martin Baker, conductor
Westminster Cathedral
London, England


"Roxanna Panufnik is one of the finest contemporary vocal composers around. No matter how demanding the subject matter, she always seems to find a way to set words that sit hand-in-glove with the text."—Julian Haylock, International Record Review


Westminster Cathedral  
Nave of the Westminster Cathedral, the largest Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales  

Roxanna Panufnik is one of the UK's most popular composers, and her works strike a deep emotional chord with audiences everywhere. The world premiere of her setting of Psalm 135 (136), Love Endureth, commissioned by Soli Deo Gloria for the Psalms Project, was no exception.

As Peter Bannister, SDG's Psalms Project Director, reported from the 2012 world premiere performance at Westminster Cathedral in London, "Talking with people at a small reception afterwards, it was clear that I was not the only one to have found hearing Love Endureth intensely moving, and to come away from the Cathedral changed in some small way, sensing that something had happened during the liturgy. Which surely has to be one of the hallmarks of authentic worship.” (For more of Peter Bannister's reflections on the Panufnik premiere, see his blog post The death of classical music? In search of vital signs (1). )"




Drawing on the advice of Jewish music expert Dr. Alexander Knapp, cantor Jaclyn Chernett and musicologist Victor Tunkel, Panufnik selected extracts of Sephardic Jewish chant from Psalm 136 (135) and incorporated a Hebrew version of one of the responses: "For forever His Mercy": Ki L'olam chasdo.


Westminster Cathedral Choir

While it might seem unusual to take Jewish musical ideas into a Roman Catholic cathedral, Panufnik is the daughter of a Jewish mother and a Polish Catholic father, the composer Sir Andrzej Panufnik. "For her, the co-existence of religions and cultures is an essential part of her identity." (See Jessica Duchen's article "Why her music is a religious experience, three times over,"  The Jewish Chronicle Online)

The première of Love Endureth was performed by the Westminster Cathedral Choir under the direction of Master of Music Martin Baker. The Westminster Cathedral Choir is acclaimed as one of the world’s great choirs and, since its foundation in 1903, has occupied a unique and enviable position at the forefront of English church music.The diligence of the singers in preparation (men and boys, some as young as 8) was impressive, and they were clearly energized by the experience. The boys even lined up afterward to get the composer’s autograph!

The premiere of Love Endureth was also part of the larger London-wide Festival of Contemporary Church Music held from May 12 to 20, 2012, in venues across the city, featuring eighteen world premieres, five UK premières and four London premières.