• John Harbison
  • We do not live to ourselves (2002)

  • Associated Music Publishers Inc (World)
  • SATB chorus a cappella
  • 4 min

Programme Note

Romans 14 begins this way: "Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions." It goes on to discuss the differences — about food, about attitudes toward life, and urges tolerance. Suddenly in verses 7 to 9 the circumference widens, anchored on this sturdy base of practical advice, and it is this passage that forms the words of this motet.

Ann Hammond read this text as the memorial service for her husband Michael Hammond (1934-2002) — inspirational leader, renaissance man, curious and open-minded citizen and musician, and the best company in the world.

Romans 14:7-9 (RSV)
7 We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. 8 If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die o the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.