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Be Still, My Soul

About the Song
Words: Katharina von Schlegel (translated by Jane Borthwick) Music: Jean Sibelius, from “Finlandia” Arranged by Sally DeFord The vocal-only score provided contains the harmonies used in the recording.  I’m labeling it “backup vocals” because really, it’s just that.  An SATB has been on my to-do list for ages… it might happen. Maybe.
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Violin solo by Sara Noel Bauman:

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Lyrics

Be still, my soul: The Lord is on thy side;
With patience bear thy cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: Thy best, thy heav’nly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: Thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: The waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still my soul: The hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: When change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

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11 Comments

  1. Floris

    I searched the internet for an arrangement of this hymn to play with violin and harp and found yours! Thank you for sharing your beautiful arrangement. We shall be playing it as the offertory next Sabbath with the words up on screen for meditation. Thank you so much.

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  2. Glenda

    Thank you Sally for making your arrangements available for us to use. It is so hard to find hymns that are solos and sound just enough different from the hymn book to keep the attention of those in sacrament meeting. I am looking forward to presenting this at the end of this month.

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  3. Colleen

    Sheet music for this piece arranged for violin, cello (optional) and piano are available on saranoelbauman.com. Thanks Sister DeFord for the beautiful music you have blessed us all with!

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  4. Ashton Whidden

    This arrangement of Be Still My Soul is so perfect for a funeral some friends and I have been asked to sing at this coming Saturday. However, the only versions of the sheet music I can see listed are the solo, the voice parts, and the flute? I’m not sure where the violin music is or how these all fit together. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

    Thank you so very much!

    Ashton

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    • Julie

      I can’t seem to find the accompaniment for the song either. Please help!

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  5. Danielle C

    Thank you so much for sharing all of this (mp3, sheet music for instrument and solo, etc.). It’s great to have all of this in one place!!! Looking forward to playing this at church next Sabbath. I know that I will be the first to be blessed.

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  6. Lieslbiesl

    This is such a beautiful arrangement. I sang it in sacrament meeting one week, and really loved it. I also did a cover of it on you tube using this mp3. My friend has been in the hospital a long time, and she would often sing this song in her mind to help her through. She loved having this to listen to with me singing it on you tube the last few days of her life. I wish I would have thought to share it with her sooner. She loved the flute and had played it until her lungs wouldn’t let her do it anymore.

    Me and some other sisters in our ward will be singing this arrangement at her funeral. Another friend will be playing the flute and a brother from the ward, the piano. Thank you so much for making these available for people to use. It is a wonderful thing you do to share your arrangements like you do. May God bless you in your service and giving to others.

    I originally did this cover for my Dad for his birthday, but I was so grateful to have it to share with my friend while she was in the hospital. She loved hearing the flute. Here is the link if you would like to hear it. I am not the best singer in the world, but it is fun for those who love me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Fo9nRKIyQg&index=13&list=PLVwGTEfCnAof5F0DP7c6YUETuTqrLDEd1

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  7. Helen

    Thank you so much for your music pdfs. I have played a couple of the Christmas selections at our church, but this is by far my favorite. It makes a very lovely song to use at funeral services, either with a singer or simply as an instrumental piece.

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  8. Reverencio B. Gabor

    Sister Deford, thank you so much for the free downloadable pdf and mp3 accompaniments of the different choral music you have published. The SATB arrangements helps a lot in our church choir. Hope you will add more songs in different occasions. God Bless!!

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  9. Mary Cay Martin

    My DIL Sarah,and her friend Stacy sang this for a funeral a couple of weeks ago on very short notice(got the music Monday and sang on Thursday!). I got to accompany them!It went beautifully! Today they sang “A Believer’s Prayer at their church ,and it went even better!When we go on vacation to Iowa I am taking copies of this to my SIL who also sings .. Thank you so very much!

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  10. Enderzshadow

    Dear Sally,

    I jus wanted to write a quick thank you to you for all you do! Allowing musicians free access to your work is a beautiful sacrifice, and I thank you for it. I’m a flutist, and I’ve been asked on several occasions to play the descant on various pieces of yours. I’ve lost count of how many, hehe.

    I was asked to play again recently for my dear Grandmother’s funeral. I really wanted to play ‘Be Still My Soul’, as it is a favorite hymn of mine and I knew Grandma Bette would have loved it. I looked everywhere for a suitable arrangement, but I couldn’t get anything in time. I was getting desperate, and had a sudden thought to look here. I’m very glad I did! I used your beautiful arrangement, with some tweaks to make it flute solo instead of a vocal solo. It was a very lovely, fitting tribute to the person my Grandma was. Your arrangement so perfectly expresses the feelings of loss we felt, but also the joy at a life lived to the fullest and the hope of a happy reunion someday.

    Thanks one more time for so openly sharing your music. It is so appreciated. 🙂

    Ps- This FAQ page made me chuckle a few times. Your references to Hitchhikers Guide and Anne Shirley, plus the fact that you love The Weed make me sure we would get along, lol.

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