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This Marriage

This Marriage is just a small and simple gift to my wife on the occasion of our seventh wedding anniversary.

This Marriage

May these vows and this marriage be blessed.
May it be sweet milk,
this marriage, like wine and halvah.
May this marriage offer fruit and shade
like the date palm.
May this marriage be full of laughter,
our every day a day in paradise.
May this marriage be a sign of compassion,
a seal of happiness here and hereafter.
May this marriage have a fair face and a good name,
an omen as welcomes the moon in a clear blue sky.
I am out of words to describe
how spirit mingles in this marriage.

Jalal al-Din Rumi, 1207-1273

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81P-ZCzObWU Ana Arias

    My choir sung this song in my wedding. I had many difficulties to contain the tears. It was so beautiful…

  • Ben

    Most likely, this is going to be played at weddings. Especially people who love Whitacre.

  • Dana

    I would have played it at my wedding had it been out at the time.

  • Cameron

    i just love this song. We had a small ensemble sing this at my best friends wedding two weeks ago. She couldnt help but shed a couple of tears.

  • Douglas Rodger

    Our 30th was last week but I just discovered this wonderful work – so what – the best gifts are often a few days late..

  • pedro latas

    if you are gonna do another Virtual Choir please i beg you to use this song its so beautiful

    and add me on facebook PLEASE

  • pedro latas

    can you put the sheet music of this song i want to do a mulitrack video

    PLEASE

  • Noah Sarid

    So incredibly beautiful. Love you guys!

  • Sandra Milholland

    I have been married 44 years and when I recently heard this stunning song, I knew I must find the composer and hear it again and again and again…marriage really can be just this beautiful.

  • Rebecca Hartsough

    I'm having a quartet sing this during the unity candle lighting at my wedding in 3 weeks. I've always loved Rumi, sang with Whitacre in March, and then found this song! Thank goodness there's at least one only-4-part Whitacre! I couldn't afford more than a quartet :)

  • Christine Vincent

    We chose 'This Marriage' for the wedding services of our sons Eddie, June 2010 and John, in Sep 2008, sung by the choir I sing in, 'The Renaissance Choir' of Emsworth, UK, as it is so beautiful and the words so apt. Thank you Eric Whitacre for making these services even more special! PS Renaissance has performed several of your pieces, including With a Lily and Of a Rose, and also Sleep, and we are doing Lux Aurumque, Water Night and Sleep for the next concert! Love them all.

  • Gary Buster

    Your wife has been blessed to receive this as her 7th anniversary gift!! Whoa!

    "more please!"

  • eva

    i love this song, the composer who this song was wrote for (well the mucical side of it) was amazing. Best guest director ever, she still pops around every once in awhole

  • Claudia

    Hila must have been stoked when she received this beautiful song as her anniversary gift! So simple and yet sublime.

  • Brittany

    I feel like crying every time I hear this song. It is so beautiful. This will be sung at my wedding. Its so simple but so majestic. Thank you for sharing your talent and creativity with the world.

  • Laura Miller

    I just heard this piece for the first time earlier this evening. It is so hauntingly beautiful!

  • Barbara Sletmoe

    Two of our beautiful, and very talented, granddaughters (ages 18 and 20) sang this to us on our 50th wedding anniversary celebration. What a beautiful song!

  • Becky

    My daughter and I fell in love with this marvelous, breath taking piece when she sang it in her Sophomore year of High School. She always said that she wanted it sung at her Wedding. Because of timing and schedules, it appeared that we would not be able to make it happen. However, I was able to contact her High School Director and he and some of the students she sang with (several like she are Music Majors) are preparing to serenade her and her husband on their Wedding Day as a Surprise. I dare say there will not be a dry eye there! Thank you for such an amazing composition. As I sing classically also, yours and Lauridsen’s pieces are some of my absolute favorites!!!!

  • Ian

    Simply a stunning piece of music. I had it as the communion reflection at my wedding 4 weeks ago, and am still moved anytime I hear it.

  • Keith Philips

    My high school Madrigal Singers (including myself) sang this wonderful piece at our Fall Concert this past Tuesday. It was so beautiful! The audience seemed as if they were in awe, and was even hesitant to clap at the end of the song, because they were unsure if the piece was concluded or not. :) thank you so much for sharing your talent with the world Eric! P.S. I am planning on organizing a quartet to sing this piece and post it on YouTube, so keep your eyes open for it! (yes, you too Eric Whitacre!) :))

  • http://facebook Amya Green

    You are amazing i cry to this song everytime i hear it!! :) keep workin hard and God Bless

  • Penelope Kenny

    Would love to buy 40 scores of ‘This Marriage’ to perform with our Choir, The Wangaratta Choristers Inc, Victoria, Australia in mid 2012 at our Bishop’s daughter’s wedding in Albury, NSW. Bishop John Parkes AM is one of our ‘stellar’ Bass men and selected this beautiful piece for his daughter and son-in-law for us to perform!

    We would begin learning this work in January at our annual Choir Workshop in Merrijig at Timbertop with Loris Synan OAM so it would be wonderful to buy these scores well before this please. Many thanks, Pen.

    • http://ericwhitacre.com Eric

      Pen, you should be able to find them at any local sheet music retailer. Please let me know if you are having trouble. Thanks for performing it, and congratulations!

  • Melanie

    I sang this with the St. Olaf Chapel Choir last year and it was an incredible experience. I would love to hear it at our wedding but we have a tenor soloist. Is there any way I can find an adaptation of this for tenor solo and maybe piano?

    • http://ericwhitacre.com Eric

      Melanie, I’m honored. (And congratulations!). What you might do: have the piano play all four choral parts, as written, and have the tenor sing the soprano line (down an octave). Should sound lovely!

  • Heidi

    Had the honor of singing this under your conduction in 2005. This recording is just beautiful. Hopefully I can catch you in Germany in the future. My Husband and I will be living there for the next three years.

  • Pam

    I used this also at my wedding during our sand ceremony! I had many compliments on the music I picked…much of which was Eric Whitacre! So THANK YOU!

  • http://dolcecanto.info Caitlin

    Eric, I’m wondering if there is a significance in the connection of the alto and bass lines–they remain unison for the entire piece except for the chord on “sky.”

    Beautiful piece, I’m thrilled to be able to sing it for the first time at a wedding this summer.

  • Judith

    I heard this last week for the first time and have given the sound track to my husband for our 9th Wedding Anniversary today – it was just perfect! Thank you so much!

  • mary-ann hodchild

    We were married on 1st September 2012.
    Woven Voices, the chamber choir from Todmorden UK with whom I sing, sung it during our wedding ceremony. It was divine!
    Thank you Eric and Rumi

  • Lizz Roberts

    My partner and I searched for an appropriate Rumi poem to read at our ceremony, but didn’t find one. As it happened, the people we asked to find a song for our wedding chose your piece, “This Marriage” – and Rumi made it into our wedding after all! Thank you for your talent and for helping to make our 32nd anniversary and our wedding such a joyous and meaningful occasion!

  • Russ Davis

    Like dear, blessed John Rutter, dear, blessed Eric ever reminds me of how God is no respecter of persons in His unfathomable lavishing of undeserved gifts on mankind (in their cases music of the celestial & terrestrial), far more richly than any ever deserve. As I’m an organist (though no longer able to play due to bad eyes) I pray one day he’ll compose work for chorus & pipe organ that will be stellar as much as he is already in many ways as profound as Johann Sebastian Bach. Soli Deo gloria!

    • Ellen M

      Russ, have you heard Eric’s The Chelsea Carol? It is a new piece for mixed choir and organ and is just beautiful, of course. I was able to hear it performed in the Sydney Opera House by the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs conducted by Eric Whitacre himself just at the end of March. It is available on iTunes and elsewhere :)

  • Vivien

    Absolutely stunning… Want to sing this with my choir….thank you for sharing this beautiful piece. Saw you and the whitacre singers in Chelsea UK recently and can’t wait to hear you again.

  • Brian Gruenewald

    I was thinking about this last night, Eric: this song was dedicated to your wife on your 7th wedding anniversary… 7 is the perfect number… this piece is, in and of itself, perfect… moral of the story: this is ALL perfection!!!

  • Isa

    Kind of expected to find a “click here to buy sheet music” link on this page.

  • Dianne K. Nelson

    I played this for my 7th grade choir yesterday, and after it finished, one boy enthused, “I had NO IDEA choral music could sound like THAT! I LOVED it!” Keep up the good work!

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  • brian baumgarn

    I am incredibly amazed at how the music and words can touch across time, even centuries. Rumi and Whitacre doing their best and the result is soul shaking. I wrote a short poem to my brother and his wife, who I believe, have this type of marriage. I did it before I took the time to listen to this breathtaking composition. What I had done in my own amateur way was echo Rumi’s sentiment without knowing him or plagiarizing him. In MHO, my humble opinion, no one on the planet can set words to music like Eric can. Bravo, maestros!

  • Jessibella

    I am going to play this at my wedding in August as I enter the 16th Century church in Northern Spain. I’m sure it will reduce me and everyone to tears…..breathtakingly beautiful <3

    • http://ericwhitacre.com Eric

      Congratulations on your wedding, Jess!