Be Still, My Soul
Words: Katharina von Schlegel (translated by Jane Borthwick)
Music: Jean Sibelius, from “Finlandia”
Arranged by Sally DeFord
There are four versions of this hymn arrangement listed in the sheet music section below:
- This solo version with viola is a high-voice setting (F major). The recording by Rebecca Lord uses this score.
- This solo version with violin is two semitones lower (Eb major). The string part has been modified to fit the higher instrument, and it would also work for flute.
- This SATB with violin is lower still (D major). The parts are very simple and should be easy to learn.
- This is the original vocal solo (F major) with flute and some harmonies. The harmony score is marked “backup vocals” because they really are just that, not choral parts. The recording by James Loynes uses this score, as does the recording by Mara Riley.
Any of these versions may be used to accompany a solo voice. The F major revision happened because some of the piano passages in the original fight with a voice in the soprano range, so keep that in mind.
Sheet Music Downloads
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Recording featuring vocals by Rebecca Lord:
Accompaniment track with viola:
Recording featuring vocals by Mara Riley:
Recording featuring vocals by James Loynes:
Violin solo by Sara Noel Bauman:
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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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