WANTED wedding psalm

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WANTED wedding psalm

Post by organist » Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:52 am

Wanted in 1 week's time please a simple setting of this wedding psalm for solo, response and organ. :D
Psalm 148:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-13a, 13c-14a
R. (13a) Let all praise the name of the Lord.

Praise the Lord from the heavens,
praise him in the heights;
Praise him, all you his angels,
praise him, all you his hosts.
R. Let all praise the name of the Lord.

Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens.
R. Let all praise the name of the Lord.

Mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars;
beasts, both wild and tame,
creeping things and birds on the wing.
R. Let all praise the name of the Lord.

Kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all judges of the earth,
young men and maidens as well,
the old and the young together.
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted.
R. Let all praise the name of the Lord.

His splendor above earth and heaven.
He exalts the strength of his people.
R. Let all praise the name of the Lord.

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Re: WANTED wedding psalm

Post by Southern Comfort » Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:27 pm

You do realise that the psalm version you have given (which I have not identified) is not the one authorised for use in this country, i.e. Grail I (1963) ? Also, the response is not the usual one for this psalm in our Lectionary.

All that being so, it seems a little unlikely that anyone in the UK will have a setting you could use.

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Re: WANTED wedding psalm

Post by Nick Baty » Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:17 pm

The refrain is so short it would be very difficult for an average congregation – and weddings usually attract many who aren't used to singing.
A very wedding-y psalm, is Paul Inwood's Psalm 127 O blessed are those who fear the Lord – although the words are mostly addressed to the bloke and there's the assumption they'll have kids. Content aside, it's the length of the refrain which makes it so singable – plus the fact that the tune moves where you'd expect it to. Of course, it all depends on the reading to which reading you are responding.
As a general rule, I avoid weddings – terribly depressing. Funerals are much more fun and there's much more delicious music available. But I digress.

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Re: WANTED wedding psalm

Post by JW » Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:11 pm

I assume the booklet is finalized so the words can't be changed? Of course the hymn 'Praise my soul the King of Heaven' is a paraphrase of this...
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Re: WANTED wedding psalm

Post by JW » Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:26 pm

I don't know if this helps but the refrain to the Taize chant 'Adoramus te Domine' fits 'Let all
praise the name of the Lord'. Though it's best if you include the hum before the words start!! Then for the verses you could use any Psalm tone chant in a suitable major key. If the refrain is sung twice each time (cantor/congregation), I suspect it could work quite well musically.
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