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MUSIC FOR THE PSALMS

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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

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
MUSIC FOR THE PSALMS
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Beauty Flew to Me (Set to Psalm 91) (2016) 3.15

Part of Birds of the Psalms
Commissioned by and Premiered (May 2016) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director, and online July 2018 by PARMA
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSAATTBB

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Birds of the Psalms (2016) (2016) 30

Commissioned by and Premiered (May 2016) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial release 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Direcor, and online July 2018 by PARMA
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English) and Patricia Van Ness (Movement X)
From Music for the Psalms

  1. Psalm 91, You are My Refuge and My Stronghold PDF
  2. Psalm 55, Wings Like a Dove PDF
  3. Psalm 17, Keep Me As the Apple of Your Eye PDF
  4. Psalm 104, Birds of the Air PDF
  5. Psalm 57 In te confidit anima mea / I Have Taken Refuge in You PDF
  6. Psalm 63, I Seek You PDF
  7. Psalm 148, Creeping Things and Winged Birds PDF
  8. Psalm 61, I Will Dwell in Your House Forever PDF
  9. Psalm 36, How Priceless is Your Love PDF
  10. Beauty Flew to Me (Reprise of Psalm 91) PDF

Full Chorus except II. SSAA; V. TTABB; VIII. SSAA

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Birds of the Psalms (2016) (Full Score) (2016) 30

Commissioned by and Premiered (May 2016) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial release 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Direcor, and online July 2018 by PARMA
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English) and Patricia Van Ness (Movement X)
From Music for the Psalms

Full Chorus except II. SSAA; V. TTABB; VIII. SSAA

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Divine Love (Set to Psalm 31) (2015)

Dedicated to Carson Cooman
Text by Patricia Van Ness

SSATB

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Luminous Rescue (Reprise of Psalm 59) (2018)

Part of “Psalms of Luminous Rescue”
Commissioned by Elizabeth Bradley and Coro Allegro, David Hodgkins, Artistic Director
Premiered on 20 May 2018 by Coro Allegro, Sonja Dutoit Tengblad, soprano, Church of the Covenant, Boston
In Memory of Our Foremothers, Who Fought For Our Deliverance
Text by Patricia Van Ness
From Music for the Psalms

Solo Soprano, SSAATB, Oboe, Viola, & Violoncello

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Psalm 3, O quid multiplicate sunt qui tribulant me/ O why are they multiplied that afflict me? (2015)

Commissioned and Premiered by Renaissance Men
Text in Latin from the Vulgata

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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)
From Music for the Psalms

SATB

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Psalm 5, Hearken to My Child’s Cry (2018) 6

Part of “Children of the Borderlands”
Commissioned by and Premiered (20 October 2018) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
From Music for the Psalms

Solo Soprano & Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Violoncello

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Psalm 12, O, Help, For There are No Faithful Left (2017-2018)

Part of “Psalms of Luminous Rescue”
Commissioned by Elizabeth Bradley and Coro Allegro, David Hodgkins, Artistic Director
and Premiered on 20 May 2018 by Coro Allegro, Sonja Dutoit Tengblad, soprano, Church of the Covenant, Boston
In Memory of Our Foremothers, Who Fought For Our Deliverance
Text adapted from The Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer

Solo Soprano & SSAAT/B

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Psalm 16, You Are My Portion and My Cup (2013)

Dedicated to Carson Cooman
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSATB

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Psalm 17, Keep Me As the Apple of Your Eye (2016)

Part of “Birds of the Psalms”
Commissioned and Premiered by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director, and online July 2018 by PARMA
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SATBB

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Psalm 18, Waves of Death Washed Over My Child (2018)

Part of “Children of the Borderlands”
Commissioned by and Premiered (20 October 2018) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
From Music for the Psalms

Solo Soprano & Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Violincello

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Psalm 22, Mary’s Lament (2014) MP3

Dedicated to Tapestry
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English), St. Benedict: Vigils
From Music for the Psalms

SSMzA

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Psalm 23 You are My Shepherd (2014)

Dedicated to Vermillion
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SATB

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Psalm 25, To You I Lift Up My Soul (2012) MP3

Commissioned by Carson Cooman and Premiered (1 October 2012) by The Harvard University Choral Fellows; Carson Cooman, Director
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSATB

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Psalm 27, You Are My Light and My Salvation (2013)

Premiered (21 April 2013) at Night Song (Daryl Bichel, Artistic Director) First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, performed by Viriditas, Cristi Catt, Director
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSA & SSSA

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Psalm 28, I Will Praise You (2018)

Part of “Psalms of Luminous Rescue”
Commissioned by Elizabeth Bradley and Coro Allegro, David Hodgkins, Artistic Director
and Premiered on 20 May 2018 by Coro Allegro, Sonja Dutoit Tengblad, soprano, Church of the Covenant, Boston
In Memory of Our Foremothers, Who Fought For Our Deliverance
Text adapted from The Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer
From Music for the Psalms

Solo Soprano, SSATB, Oboe, Viola, & Violoncello

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Psalm 29, Ascribe to God Glory (2013)

Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSAATB & Organ

Psalm 30, I Will Exalt You (2018)

Part of “Psalms of Luminous Rescue”
Commissioned by Elizabeth Bradley and Coro Allegro, David Hodgkins, Artistic Director
and Premiered on 20 May 2018 by Coro Allegro, Sonja Dutoit Tengblad, soprano, Church of the Covenant, Boston
In Memory of Our Foremothers, Who Fought For Our Deliverance
Text adapted from The Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer
From Music for the Psalms

SSAT/B, Oboe, Viola, & Violoncello

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Psalm 31, In You Have I Taken Refuge (2013)

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)
From Music for the Psalms

SSATB

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Psalm 36, How Priceless is Your Love (2016)

Part of Birds of the Psalms
Commissioned and Premiered by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director, and online July 2018 by PARMA
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SATTBB

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Psalm 40 and Birdsong by Rumi (2016) MP3

Premiered by Viriditas, Cristi Catt, Director, at Night Song, First Church in Cambridge, Congregational

Text: Rumi (Birdsong) and The Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

Text

Birdsong brings relief to my longing
I’m just as ecstatic as they are, but with nothing to say!
Please universal soul, practice some song or something through me!
You heard my cry.
You put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to you:
Amen.

SSSA

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Psalm 46, Be Still (2018)

Part of “Psalms of Luminous Rescue”
Commissioned by Elizabeth Bradley and Coro Allegro, David Hodgkins, Artistic Director
and Premiered on 20 May 2018 by Coro Allegro, Sonja Dutoit Tengblad, soprano, Church of the Covenant, Boston
In Memory of Our Foremothers, Who Fought For Our Deliverance
Text adapted from The Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer
From Music for the Psalms

Solo Soprano, SSAATB, Oboe, Viola, & Violoncello

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Psalm 55, Wings Like a Dove (2016)

Part of  “Birds of the Psalms”
Commssioned by and Premiered (October 2016) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director, and online July 2018 by PARMA
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSSA/SSAA

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Psalm 57, In te confidit anima mea / I Have Taken Refuge in You (2016)

Part of “Birds of the Psalms”
Commissioned by and Premiered (October 2016) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director, and online July 2018 by PARMA
Text: The Biblia Sacra Vulgata
From Music for the Psalms

TBB

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Psalm 59, O, Rescue Me (2018)

Part of “Psalms of Luminous Rescue”
Commissioned by Elizabeth Bradley and Coro Allegro, David Hodgkins, Artistic Director
and Premiered on 20 May 2018 by Coro Allegro, Sonja Dutoit Tengblad, soprano, Church of the Covenant, Boston
In Memory of Our Foremothers, Who Fought For Our Deliverance
Text adapted from The Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer
From Music for the Psalms

Solo Soprano, SSAATB, Oboe, Viola, & Violoncello

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Psalm 61, I Will Dwell in Your House Forever (2016)

Part of “Birds of the Psalms”
Commissioned by and Premiered (October 2016) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director, and online July 2017 by PARMA
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSA

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Psalm 63, I Seek You (2016)

Part of “Birds of the Psalms”
Commissioned by and Premiered (October 2016) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director, and online July 2018 by PARMA
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSATB

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Psalm 67, God of Blessing, God of Joy (2013) MP3

Premiered (19 May 2013) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text adapted by Kate Layzer from The Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

 

SSAATB & Organ

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Psalm 68, Let Us Be Glad (2018)Score
Psalm 70, Be Pleased to Deliver Me (2018)

Part of “Children of the Borderlands”
For Daryl Bichel and Night Song, First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
From Music for the Psalms

SSATB

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Psalm 91, You Are My Refuge and My Stronghold (2016)

Part of “Birds of the Psalms”
Commissioned by and premiered (October 2016) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director, and online July 2018 by PARMA
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSAATTBB

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Psalm 104, Birds of the Air (2016)

Part of Birds of the Psalms
Commissioned by and Premiered (May 2016) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director, and online July 2018 by PARMA
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSAATTBB

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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)
From Music for the Psalms

SSSA

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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)
From Music for the Psalms

SATB, or SATB & Organ

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Psalm 114, When Israel came out of Egypt (2014)

Dedicated to Carson Cooman
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSAATB

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Psalm 116, Alleluia (2017)

Commissioned by and Premiered (May 2017) by Coro Allegro, David Hodgkins, Artistic Director, in celebration of  Coro Allegro’s 30th anniversary and in honor of Coro Allegro’s past, present and future Presidents for their
leadership, vision, and tireless dedication.

SSATB

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Psalm 118, The Evil Surround Me (2018)

Part of “Psalms of Luminous Rescue”
Commissioned by Elizabeth Bradley and Coro Allegro, David Hodgkins, Artistic Director
and Premiered on 20 May 2018 by Coro Allegro, Sonja Dutoit Tengblad, soprano, Church of the Covenant, Boston
In Memory of Our Foremothers, Who Fought For Our Deliverance
Text adapted from The Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer
From Music for the Psalms

SSAT/B

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Psalm 121, I Lift My Eyes to the Hills (2014)

Commissioned and  Premiered  by Renaissance Men

TTBB

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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
From Music for the Psalms

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Psalm 139, Where Can I Go From Your Spirit? (2018)

Part of “Psalms of Luminous Rescue”
Commissioned by Elizabeth Bradley and Coro Allegro, David Hodgkins, Artistic Director
and Premiered on 20 May 2018 by Coro Allegro, Sonja Dutoit Tengblad, soprano, Church of the Covenant, Boston
In Memory of Our Foremothers, Who Fought For Our Deliverance
Text adapted from The Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer
From Music for  the Psalms

Solo Soprano, SSA, Oboe, Viola, & Violoncello

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Psalm 143, O, Hear My Prayer (2018)

Part of “Psalms of Luminous Rescue”
Commissioned by Elizabeth Bradley and Coro Allegro, David Hodgkins, Artistic Director
and Premiered on 20 May 2018 by Coro Allegro, Sonja Dutoit Tengblad, soprano, Church of the Covenant, Boston
In Memory of Our Foremothers, Who Fought For Our Deliverance
Text adapted from The Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer
From Music for the Psalms

Solo Soprano, SSATB, Oboe, Viola, & Violoncello

Score
Psalm 144, You are My Help and My Fortress (2012) 3.30 MP3

Commissioned by Carson Cooman
Premiered on 28 November 2018 by the Harvard Choral Fellows, Carson Cooman, Director, at Morning Prayers, Appleton Chapel, The Memorial Church of Harvard University

SSAATB

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Psalm 145 (in four movements) (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)
From Music for the Psalms

  1. I will exalt you MP3
  2. You are gracious, full of compassion MP3
  3. You are faithful
  4. My mouth shall speak your praise MP3

Solo Soprano & Harpsichord/Piano

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Psalm 147, You lift up Jerusalem (2014)

Dedicated to Angelus, Dana Taylor, Director
Text: From the Hebrew, Transliteration by Alan J . Green
From Music for the Psalms

SSAA

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Psalm 148, Creeping Things and Winged Birds (2016)

Part of “Birds of the Psalms”

Commissioned by and Premiered (May 2016) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director, and online July 2018 by PARMA
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSATBB

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Psalm 150, Alleluia (2017)

With thanks to the Special Projects Committee of the San Francisco Chapter, American Guild of Organists, who funded this music

SSAT/B & Organ

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Psalms of Luminous Rescue (2018) 35

Commissioned by Elizabeth Bradley and Coro Allegro, David Hodgkins, Artistic Director
and Premiered on 20 May 2018 by Coro Allegro, Sonja Dutoit Tengblad, soprano, Church of the Covenant, Boston
In Memory of Our Foremothers, Who Fought For Our Deliverance
Text adapted from The Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer
From Music for the Psalms

  1. Psalm 59, O Rescue Me
  2. Psalm 12, O Help, For There Are No Faithful Left
  3. Psalm 30, I will Exalt You
  4. Psalm 28, I Praise You
  5. Psalm 68, Let Us Be Glad
  6. Psalm 139, Where Can I Go From Your Spirit?
  7. Psalm 143, O, Hear My Prayer
  8. Psalm 188, The Evil Surround Me
  9. Psalm 48, Be Still
  10. Luminous Rescue
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