There’s a bit of a story about this one. There was a seminarian I knew almost twenty years ago who was in a spiritual support group with me. I’ve since lost touch with him, but we had a very challenging year. I was dealing with multiple issues: the usual young adult family-of-origin junk, and the very, very bitter end of a once-promising and intense relationship. It was a year through which I felt I was sleepwalking. But amazing things happen at times like that–if one is open.
Anyway, my friend asked me to set Psalm 104, Grail text, to music for the ordination Mass. As I recall he was specific about wanting simplicity: no choir parts; just psalmist and piano. Unlike many requests like this, the composing came very easy as I remember. Since then, I haven’t used this setting much. Most parishes seem to have their favorite Pentecost psalm. My wife mutters about that sometimes; she likes this setting. Too bad she was feeling under the weather when I recorded it last month. The young woman who intones the refrain and sings verse three is just a marvel, don’t you think?
If this piece is of interest to you, I can send you the score on a pdf file. Years later, I included a flute/violin part not heard on the recording. Just contact me through my parish e-mail which you can find here.