Twice this Fall, Psalm 146:7-10 appears in the Sunday Liturgy of the Word. After the first reading on September 9th (23rd Ordinary Sunday) as well as November 11th (32nd Ordinary Sunday). I lassoed my new friend Lynette to sing a demonstration of this new setting I composed:
I used the text from the revised Grail Psalter, web page here.
I have always liked Psalm 146. Reliance on God is still a tough matter for me, and while I don’t identify with captives, the blind, widows, or most of the litany of the oppressed in verses 7-9, I can appreciate God’s commitment to justice. And I can aim at keeping faith forever, can’t I?
As for the music, I wanted to create something modal. But it also floats back and forth between C major and C mixolydian. I was thinking of the stately chords in this work of Alan Hovhaness, without going quite so far afield.
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