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08 August 2007

 

Psalm for SATB completed

Caitlin Rowley is happy to announce that she has just finished a setting of the first psalm for SATB choir. The new piece is, like much of Caitlin's work, probably best described as "tonal with a twist". On first listening, the setting sounds quite traditional, but there are some challenges in there for singers and some tricky dissonances which may take a few rehearsals to get right.

Psalm 1 sets an abridged and slightly altered version of the first psalm from the King James Bible:

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord [...]
The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Therefore, the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the [company] of the righteous.
For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish

Overall, the ranges used are at the higher end of choral ranges for singers, with sopranos reaching up to an A, altos to an E-flat, tenors to a G and basses to a B-flat, but in general these high notes are not prolonged so the work should be able to be sung by most choirs, whether amateur or professional.

Psalm 1 will be published later in 2007.

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