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MUSIC FOR THE PSALMS


Music for the Psalms is a venture by Patricia Van Ness to create new music for each of the 150 Psalms.

MUSIC FOR THE PSALMS: My Work in Progress

Journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music
Volume 21, Number 1 (2015) pp. 19–23

All scores may be freely downloaded for perusal. If you wish to make copies for performance, a donation of $1.00 per copy is kindly suggested. Thank you.

Suggested Groupings for Concert Settings


Birds of the Psalms (2016)

Commissioned by and dedicated to Cappella Clausura, Amelia Leclair, Director, (premiered 7 & 8 May 2016)

Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia Leclair, Director

Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
  1. Psalm 91   PDF
  2. Psalm 55   PDF
  3. Psalm 17   PDF
  4. Psalm 104   PDF
  5. Psalm 57   PDF
  6. Psalm 63   PDF
  7. Psalm 148   PDF
  8. Psalm 61   PDF
  9. Psalm 36   PDF
  10. Beauty Flew to Me (Reprise of Psalm 91)   PDF

PSALMS PROJECT
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Psalm 4, Answer When I Cry (2013) Premiered (13 January 2013) at Night Song (Daryl Bichel, Artistic Director) by Beneficia lucis (Jay Lane, Director)
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SATB
Score
Psalm 16, You Are My Portion and My Cup (2013) Dedicated to Carson Cooman
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSATB
Score
Psalm 17, Keep Me As the Apple of Your Eye (2016) Part of Birds of the Psalms
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia Leclair, Director
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SATBB
Score
Psalm 22, Mary's Lament (2014) MP3
Dedicated to Tapestry
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English), St. Benedict: Vigils
SSMzA
Score
Psalm 23, You Are My Shepherd (2014) Dedicated to Vermillion
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SATB
Score
Psalm 25, To You I Lift Up My Soul (2012) MP3 Commissioned and Premiered (1 October 2012) by The Harvard University Choral Fellows; Carson Cooman, Director
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSATB
Score
Psalm 27, You Are My Light and My Salvation (2013) MP3 Premiered (21 April 2013) at Night Song (Daryl Bichel, Artistic Director)
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
3 Solo Soprano & SSSA or Two Choirs (SSA & SSSA)
Score
Psalm 29, Ascribe to God Glory (2013) Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English) SSAATB and Organ Score
Psalm 31, In You Have I Taken Refuge (2013) MP3 Premiered (27 January 2013) at Night Song (Daryl Bichel, Artistic Director) by Angeli te Custodiant
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSATB
Score
Divine Love (Set to Psalm 31) (2015) Dedicated to Carson Cooman
Text by the composer
SSATB
Score
Psalm 36, How Priceless is Your Love (2016) Part of Birds of the Psalms
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia Leclair, Director
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SATTBB
Score
Psalm 40 and Rumi (2016) MP3 Text: Rumi
Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSSA
Score
Psalm 55, Wings Like a Dove (2016) Part of Birds of the Psalms
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia Leclair, Director
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSSA / SSAA
Score
Psalm 57, In te confidit anima mea / I Have Taken Refuge in You (2016) Part of Birds of the Psalms
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia Leclair, Director
Text: The Biblia Sacra Vulgata
TBB
Score
Psalm 61, I Will Dwell in Your House Forever (2016) Part of Birds of the Psalms
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia Leclair, Director
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSA
Score
Psalm 63, I Seek You (2016) Part of Birds of the Psalms
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia Leclair, Director
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSATB
Score
Psalm 67, God of Blessing (2013) Premiered (19 May 2013) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSAATB & Organ
Score
Psalm 91, You Are My Refuge and My Stronghold (2016) Part of Birds of the Psalms
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia Leclair, Director
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSAATTBB
Score
Beauty Flew to Me (Set to Psalm 91) (2016) Part of Birds of the Psalms
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia Leclair, Director
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSAATBB
Score
Psalm 104, Birds of the Air (2016) Part of Birds of the Psalms
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia Leclair, Director
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSAATTBB
Score
Psalm 107, We Give Thanks to You (2013) MP3 Premiered (24 November 2013) at Night Song (Daryl Bichel, Artistic Director) by Viriditas (Cristi Catt, Director)
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSSA with Optional Soloists
Score
Psalm 108, Wake Up, My Spirit (2013) Premiered (21 May 2013) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SATB
Score
+Organ
Psalm 114, When Israel came out of Egypt (2014) Dedicated to Carson Cooman
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSAATB
Score
Psalm 130, De profundis/Out of the depths (2015) Premiered (22 March 2015) at St. Stephen's Church in Providence, RI (James Busby, Organist and Choirmaster)
Text: Latin from the Vulgate, with the English text of the Book of Psalms from Challoner's revision of the Douay translation
SSATB
Score
Psalm 134, Behold Now, Bless God (2013) Premiered (3 February 2013) at Night Song (Daryl Bichel, Artistic Director) by Canticum verspertinum
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SATB
Score
Psalm 145 (2013) Premiered (6 January 2014) at Night Song (Daryl Bichel, Artistic Director) by Viriditas (Cristi Catt, Director)
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
  1. I will exalt you PDF MP3
  2. You are gracious, full of compassion PDF MP3
  3. You are faithful PDF
  4. My mouth shall speak your praise PDF MP3
Solo Soprano with Harpsichord, Piano, or Plucked Instrument
Score
Psalm 147, You lift up Jerusalem (2014) Dedicated to Angelus, Dana Taylor, Director
Text: From the Hebrew, Transliteration by Alan J . Green
SSAA
Score
Psalm 148, Creeping Things and Winged Birds (2016) Part of Birds of the Psalms
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia Leclair, Director
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSATBB
Score

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