Op. 8 The Greatest is Love 最も大いなるものは、愛である


Op. 8 作品番号8
Title: The Greatest is Love 作品名:最も大いなるものは、愛である
Length: 10 mins 長さ:10分
Completed: 2003 完成年:2003年
Scoring: Choir (SATB), Strings, Organ 編成:合唱団、弦楽器オーケストラ、オルガン
First Performance: 2004 初演:2004年
Sheet Music: Published online 楽譜:オープンアクセス出版
YouTube Recording: No YouTubeで録音:なし
Commercial Recording: No 録音販売:なし


The Greatest is Love is a setting of the famous Bible passage from I Corinthians 13 to music for choir, organ and strings.


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Full Score, Choir Score + Piano Reduction

Orchestral Set: Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Organ

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Lyrics 歌詞

I Corinthians 13

I may speak in tongues of men or of angels. But if I’m without love I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal. I may have the gift of prophecy and know every hidden truth. I may have faith strong enough to move mountains. But if I’m without love I am nothing. I may dole out all I possess or even give my body to be burnt, but if I have no love I am none the better.

Love is patient, love is kind, and envies no-one. Love is never boastful or conceited, never selfish, not quick to take offence. Love keeps no score of wrongs, does not gloat o’er others’ sins but delights in truth. There is nothing love cannot face. There’s no limit to its faith, its hope and endurance.

Love will never come to an end. Are there prophets? their work will be over. Are there tongues of ecstasy? they will cease. Is there knowledge? it will vanish away. For our knowledge and our prophecy are partial and the partial vanishes when the wholeness comes.

When I was a child, my speech, my outlook, my thoughts were all childish. When I grew up I’d finished with childish things. Now we see only puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we shall see face to face. My knowledge now is partial, then it will be whole like God’s knowledge of me.

There are three things that last for ever. Faith, Hope, Love. Three things that last for ever. Faith, Hope, Love. But the greatest is love.