O Lord Our Lord

I have mentioned before that I will be teaching a new course this semester on the Bible and music. And I also shared a setting I made of texts from Amos, to music that I wrote. The score to the piece is now available on IMSLP. Well, another option for students is to take an existing melody [Read More…]

Music of Mieczysław Karłowicz

Above is another fantastic discovery of the late Romantic era, when so much of my favorite music stems from. It is Mieczysław Karłowicz’s Symphony in E-minor, Op.7, also known as the “Rebirth Symphony” If you enjoyed the above, here’s more – his Violin Concerto in A Major Op 8: I hope this music gets your year off to [Read More…]

Preserve Me, O God

A setting of Psalm 16 by my colleague Frank Felice. You can find the score for the piece on his Selected Works page. [Read more…]

Wrong Hail Mary

CNN reported that a Catholic Church in Sri Lanka printed the wrong lyrics to “Hail Mary” in the bulletin for their Christmas service. The lyrics to the Tupac song “Hail Mary” were not what the church intended for people to sing… I have seen a lot of church bulletins where even cursory proofreading could have prevented embarrassment. [Read More…]

Ruth Watson Henderson

Another woman composer that I omitted from my post on the subject was Ruth Watson Henderson. Her Cantate Domino is above, and below is Psalm 100. [Read more…]

How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place

One piece that I omitted from my post on settings of biblical texts to music by female composers is that featured in the video above: “How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place” (Psalm 84) by Victoria Bond. You can read Bond’s notes about the composition in The Bible Retold by Jewish Artists, Writers, Composers and Filmmakers, [Read More…]

Silent Night (Quaker Arrangement)

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Jesus’ Coronation Anthem

As I was preparing to speak about Handel’s Messiah recently, I came across a great description of what the Hallelujah Chorus is, stylistically speaking, in Calvin Stapert’s book about the piece (p.135). It is a coronation anthem for Jesus. I think that grasps the feel of the piece perfectly, and it is striking as well [Read More…]

Misusing Manuscripts of Music and Bible

Talking about Handel’s Messiah in the chamber chat on December 12th with Maestro Matthew Kramer, the question of the “authentic version” of Messiah came up. It was interesting to note how similar the issues are that connect music and Biblical studies when one approaches them by way of questions about manuscripts. Manuscripts in both areas [Read More…]

Comprehensive List of Musical Settings of Biblical Texts?

Even imagining what I am asking about here makes the request seem ridiculous. Every day, I imagine, someone somewhere sets a biblical text to music. And so surely no one would be so foolish as to try to publish a book which must inevitably be out of date before the manuscript is submitted to the [Read More…]