The Bible and Music: Relevant Composition List

The Bible and Music: Relevant Composition List January 29, 2021

I have a document that is now 34 pages long in Word that is a place for making note of compositions I come across that set or otherwise intersect directly with a biblical text. I have been trying to decide what to do with it. Clearly if I had foreseen how it would grow I would have made an Excel or Google spreadsheet. I may still do that, but what is really needed is a database of music related to the Bible, not only indicating the texts that a song is related to but whether it is a more-or-less direct setting of words from the Bible, a paraphrase, an expansion on a biblical story, or merely contains an allusion. Perhaps something like the Deus Ex Musica database project for non-choral sacred music. Anyone have time and interest to create something like that? If so, here are some you can start with. Sorry for not having compiled them in a more orderly fashion…



Genesis Suite

Joseph Haydn, Creation

Jean-Francois Laseur, La mort d’Adam

Franz Baur, Genesis ; Amartema – Der Sündenfall

Darius Milhaud, La creation du monde, op.81 ; Reves de Jacob, op.294

Aaron Copland, In The Beginning[2]

Thomas Adès, In Seven Days[3]

Vicente Barrientos Yepez, Creationem[4]

Charles Wuorinen, Genesis[5]

Larry Alan Smith, Symphony No.2 “Genesis/Antietam”[6]

Genesis, “In the Beginning”

Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, The Apple Tree, Act I: The Diary of Adam and Eve

Xavier Montsalvatge, El Arca de Noé

Oscar Navarro, El Arca de Noe

Richard Strauss, Josephslegende

Robert Starer, Joseph and His Brothers; Va’ahavta

Anne Dudley, The Testimony of John

Gabriel Jackson, “In The Beginning Was The Word”; also (in addition to others mentioned in this document) Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Truro Service); Ecce venio cito; Psalm 112: Laudate Pueri

Knut Nystedt, The Word Became Flesh op.162

Enjott Schneider, In Principio Erat Verbum

Elinor Remick Warren, “Abram in Egypt”

Benjamin Britten, Canticle II, Op. 51, “Abraham and Isaac”

Igor Stravinsky, The Flood, Abraham and Isaac

Franz Schubert, Hagar’s Lament

Arvo Pärt, Sarah was Ninety Years Old

Schoenberg, Die Jakobsleiter



Psalm 150 reconstructed[8]

Halleluyah betziltzelei shama (performed by Shoshanim)[9]



*Barukh Habba (Psalm 118:26-29, on the album Jewish Voices in the New World)

Giacomo Meyerbeer, Psalm 86, Psalm 124[10]

Salomone Rossi, Shir hammaalot leDavid (Psalm 124)

*Louis Lewandowski, Psalms 16, 21, 23, 25, 36, 37, 39, 42-43, 46, 51, 62, 67, 84, 85, 90, 100, 103 (Enosh, vv15-17), 121, 130, 134, 150[11]

Julius Chajes, Psalm 134; The 142nd Psalm

*Isadore Freed, Psalm 8

Salomon Sulzer, Psalm 133

Bonia Shur, Psalm 23

Herbert Fromm, Psalm 23; also Song of Miriam, many other works

*Srul Irving Glick, Psalm Trilogy

*Darius Milhaud, 3 Psalms of David, Op. 339

Hans Schanderl, Psalm 90

Nicola LeFanu, Verses from Psalm 90[12]

Alfred Rose, Psalm 92

Eric Zeisl, Requiem Ebraico[13] (also Jacob and Rachel)

*Leo Rosenbluth, Psalm 93

Miriam Gideon, Adonai Malakh (Psalm 93); Psalm 128

Yehudi Wyner, Shiru Ladonai (Psalm 96)

*Leonard Bernstein, Chichester Psalms

* Herman D. Koppel, 3 Psalms, op. 48[14]

Abraham Kaplan, Psalms of Abraham

Aharon Harlap, Tehilim (Psalms)

Jean Berger, Psalm 23, “The Lord to me a shepherd is”

Heinrich Schalit, Psalm 23: The 23rd Psalm

Maurice Jacobson, The Lord is My Shepherd

Martin Kalmanoff, The Lord is My Shepherd (Psalm 23)

Avner Dorman, Psalm 67

Robert Strassburg, Psalm 117

Greg Knauf, Psalm 117 “Laudate Dominum omnes gentes”

Ioseb Bardanashvili, Psalm 121

Leon Algazi, 3 Chants Hebraiques Traditionnels: No. 3. Psaume 144

Jack Gottlieb, Shout for Joy and Psalmistry

Gershon Kingsley, Jazz Psalms

Aaron Copland, Four Motets[15]

  1. Klein, Psalm 150 (from Hear O Israel)

Samuel Adler, Psalm 23; A Psalm Trilogy

Robert Starer, Psalms of Woe and Joy; Two Sacred Songs; A Psalm of David (13th Psalm); others

Abraham Kaplan, Glorious

Shlomo Carlebach

Debbie Friedman

Arnold Schoenberg, De Profundis Psalm 130 op.50b

Richard Danielpour, String Quartet No. 7, ‘Psalms of Solace’



Rachmaninov, Vespers (excerpts)

Taneyev, Sergei, On The Reading of a Psalm (based on Psalm 50)

Viktor Kalinnikov, Blazhen Muzh

Liadov, Perelozheniya iz obikhoda – No.9 “Khvalite Gospoda s nebes”

Alexander Zemlinsky, Psalm 13 Op.24

Alexander Arkhangelsky, Psalm 141

*Cyrillus Kreek, Psalms 22, 104, 121, 137, 141

Vladimir Fainer, Accedite ad eum (Ps.33:6)

*Igor Stravinsky, Symphony of Psalms

*Alan Hovhaness, Make Haste, Op.86; Out of the Depths, Op. 142, No. 3; “Psalm 130”, Cantate Domino, Op. 385; “Psalm 143, Hear My Prayer, O Lord, Op. 149” (and others)[16]

Carmen Petra-Basacopol, Din Psalmii lui David

Sofia Gubaidulina, Jauchzt vor Gott, De Profundis[17]

John Tavener, Psalm 121

Dinos Constantinides, Concerto of Psalms (inspired by Psalms 19, 130 and 150)



Gregorian Chant (e.g. Psalm 121)

*Hildegard of Bingen, Dixit Dominus (Psalm 109/110); Spiritus Sanctus (Psalm 110/111)

Daniel Selichius, Opus novum

William Byrd, Laudibus in sanctis. Psalm 150; Hear My Prayer O Lord; O Lord Rebuke Me Not; Haver Mercy Upon Me O God; Teach Me O Lord; I Will Give Laud[18]

Orlando di Lassus, Psalmi Davidis poenitentiales[19]

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Genevan Psalter (Psalms 1, 2, 6, 7, 24, 25, 27, 36, 47, 77, 90, 96, 98, 112, 135, 137, 141, 150) [excerpts]

Kaspar Förster, Benedicam Dominum[20]

Peter Philips, Ascendit Deus

Alberik Mazak, Psalms 109-112, 116[21]

  1. A. Mozart, Laudate Dominum K339

Nicolas Bernier, Laudate Dominum quoniam, Miserere mei Deus

Franz Schubert, Psalm 23, Op. 132, D. 706

Joseph Gabriel Rheinberger, 3 Psalmen op. 40

George Palmer, 3 Psalms

Théodore Dubois, Cantate Domino

Imant Raminsh, Cantate Domino

Joseph Vella, Salm 89, Op.43[22]

Marty Haugen, Psalms 16, 23, 66, 136



*Martin Luther, Psalm 46 “A Mighty Fortress”

*Ali Ufki (Wojciech Bobowski), Genevan Psalter: Psalms 2 and 6

Philipp Dulichius, Motets[24]

Andrzej Hakenberger, Pelplin Tablature[25]

Louis Bourgeois, Ainsi qu’on oit le cerf bruire, “Psalm 42” (from Pseaumes Octantetrois de David, mis en rime Françoise par Clément Marot et Théodore de Bèze)

Claude Goudimel, Psalms (40, 137)

Claude Le Jeune, O Dieu, je n’ay Dieu fors que toy, “Psalm 63”; Du fons de ma pensee, “Psalm 130”

Paschal de l’Estocart, Reveillez vous chacun fidele, “Psalm 33”; Estans assis aux rives aquatiques, “Psalm 137”

Nicolas Vallet, Psalm 8

Melchior Franck, Laetatus sum (Psalm 121)

Crato Bütner, Psalm 113 (Laudate Pueri Dominum), Psalm 147

Leonhard Paminger, Domine, ne in furore tuo (Psalm 38); In exitu Israel de Aegypto (Psalm 114/115); Psalm 110

Johann Gottlieb Naumann, Psalms 96 and 103

Michael Praetorius, Das ist mir lieb, “Psalm 116”

Heinrich Schütz, Psalmen Davids samt etlichen Moteten und Concerten, Op. 2, SWV 22-47; Der 100. Psalm, SWV 36

Henry Lawes, Psalm VIII

Orlando Gibbons, “O Clap Your Hands” (Psalm XLVII); “O Lord in Thy Wrath” (Psalm 6:1-4); “Lift Up Your Heads” (Psalm 24); Psalm 47

John Mundy, Sing Joyfully

Constantijn Huygens, Pathodia Sacra et Profana

David Moritz Michael, Der 103te Psalm

Pelham Humfrey, O Give Thanks Unto The Lord; O Lord My God; By the Waters of Babylon; also Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis

Georg Friedrich Händel, Coronation Anthems (Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened; The King Shall Rejoice)

Hermann Goetz, Psalm 137

Noel Edison, Psalm 121; Psalm 137

Kurt Thomas, Psalm 137 op.4

Philip James, By the Waters of Babylon

Havergal Brian, By the Waters of Babylon

Robert Ross, Song of Exile

Healey Willan, O Praise The Lord (various Psalms plus verses from Habakkuk)

Adrian Batten, O Praise The Lord (Psalm 117:1-2)

Charles Hylton Stewart, Psalm 23; Psalm 80

David Willcocks, Psalm 131

John Henry Maunder, ‘Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem’

Edward Elgar, Give unto the Lord (Psalm XXIX), Op. 74; Psalm 48 op.67

Charles Villiers Stanford, Psalms 147, 148, 150[26]

Hubert Parry, I was glad when they said unto me, Op. 51; Psalm LXXXIV; “Psalm 122”

Herbert Howells, Behold, O God Our Defender; God is gone up with a merry noise; Like as the Hart; Requiem (incorporates Psalm 23 and 121)

Arthur Bliss, Meditations on a Theme by John Blow[27]

Lennox Berkeley, The Lord is my shepherd, Op. 91, No. 1

Will Todd, Te Deum: No. 4. Psalm 23, “The Lord Is My Shepherd”

Howard Goodall, The Lord is My Shepherd; O Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem / rogate pacem (Psalm 122) [28]

Louise Talma, Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem (from Voices of Peace)

Leo Sowerby, Psalm 122, Psalm 130

Ina Boyle, Seven Psalms; “Wilt not Thou, O God, go forth with our Hosts?”; “He That Hath Eternal Being”; ‘Blessed Be the Lord, for He Hath Showed Me His Marvelous Kindness’[29]

*Howard Hanson, The 150th Psalm

Carson Cooman, Psalm 29 Op.643; Ps.104 Op.659; Ps. 118 Op.658; Mercy and Truth Op.938

Conrad Susa, The God of Love My Shepherd Is

Bruce Neswick, I Will Set His Dominion in the Sea; Hearken to My Voice, O Lord, When I Call

*Carl Nielsen, Three Motets

Rihards Dubra, Domine Dominus noster

Jaakko Mantyjarvi, I Was Glad

Gottfrid Berg, Huru ljuvliga aro icke dina boningar (How amiable are thy tabernacles); Om de yttersta tingen: No. 2. Lar oss betanka huru fa vara dagar aro (So teach us to number our days)[30]

Daniel Pinkham, Jubilee and Psalm; Miserere Mei Deus; Psalm Set, Psalm 24; others

*David Hurd, Miserere Mei, Deus (Psalm 51)

Gwyneth Walker, Psalm 23[31]

Richard Yardumian, Symphony No. 2 “Psalms”

Steven Faux, The Psalms Project


Romantic to Modern (not grouped according to composers’ religious affiliation)

Felix Mendelssohn, Psalms 2, 22, 42, 43, 114, 115

Nicolai Otto, Psalm 31, “Herr, auf dich traue ich”; Psalm 97, “Der Herr ist Konig”

Anton Bruckner, Psalm 112, 114, 150

Dvorak, Biblical Songs

Zoltan Kodaly, Geneva Psalms 114, 121, 150, Psalmus Hungaricus op.13

Max Reger, Psalm 100 Op.106

Marek Jasiński, Psalm 100; Cantus finalis

Dan Forrest, Jubilate Deo

Florent Schmitt, Psalm XLVII, Op. 38

E. J. Moeran, ‘Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem’

Charles Martin Loeffler, By the Rivers of Babylon, Op. 3

Emile Goué, Psalm XIII, Psalm CXXIII

Eric Delamarter, Psalms 46, 68, 80, and 104; also The Testimony of John

Lili Boulanger, Psalms 24, 129, 130: Du fond de l’abîme

Arthur Honegger, Mimaamaquim

Joachim Raff, Psalm 130 : De Profundis

Henry Wallford Davies, Psalm 130 : De Profundis ; also Lift Up Your Hearts, Op.20 ; The Temple ; Blessed are the Pure in Heart

Virgil Thomson, De Profundis[32]

Marcin Tadeusz Łukaszewski, De Profundis

Łukasz Urbaniak, De profundis

Raminta Serksnyte, De Profundis

Philippe Chamouard, De Profundis

Miłosz Bembinow, Beatus vir…

Romuald Twardowski, Chwalitie Imia Gospodnie; Chwali, dusze moja, Gospoda

Józef Świder, Laudate pueri; Deus in adiutorium; Laudate Dominum; Dixit Dominus; Beati omnes (Psalm 127)[33]

Michał Zieliński, Laudate Dominum

Andrzej Bielerzewski, Cantate Domino canticum novum

Paweł Łukaszewski, Two Funeral Psalms

Philippe Hersant, Psalm 130, “Aus tiefer Not”

Ernest Bloch, Prelude and 2 Psalms (114 and 137)

Pauls Dambis, Psalm 19, Psalm 22, Psalm 121

Sven-David Sandström, Psalm 139, “Oh Lord, you have searched me”[34]

*Victoria Bond, “How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place” (Psalm 84)[35]

*Evelyn Simpson-Currenton, My Soul Hath Refuge in Thee “Psalm 91”

Marga Richter, Psalm 91

Jacob Druckman, Psalm 93

Jean Langlais, Psalm 111, “Beatus vir”

*Charles Ives, Psalms 14, 24, 25, 42, 54, 67, 90, 100, 135, 150

Pavel Haas, Psalm 29, Op.12

Fartein Valen, Salme 121

Margaret Meachem,  Lift Thine Eyes unto the Mountains

Bruce Babcock, Be Still[36]

Arvo Pärt, Peace upon you, Jerusalem

Virpi Leppänen, Kiittäkää Herran nimeä (Praise ye the name of the Lord)

Sisask Urmas, “Laudate Dominum” from Gloria Patris[37]

Krzysztof Penderecki, Aus den Psalmen Davids

Philip Glass, Psalm 126, “Hymn” from Akhenaten (includes Psalm 104)

*Benjamin Britten, Psalm 150

John Sanders, Psalm 150

Colin Mawby, Psalm 150

Virgil Thomson, 3 Antiphonal Psalms; also “5 Phrases from The Song of Solomon”

George Rochberg, 3 Psalms

Robin Orr, Songs of Zion

Ēriks Ešenvalds, Psalm 67

Paul Creston, Psalm 23

Randall Thompson, The Lord Is My Shepherd

Allen Pote, The Lord is My Shepherd

Bo Holten, Psalm 23, 104[38]

Daniel Asia, Psalm 30

Kenneth Leighton, “Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates”

Gregory Zduniak, Psalm 96: Today Is Born Our Savior

Pamela Decker, Psalm 102, Psalm 139

Karel Boleslav Jirák, Psalm 23 for Chorus and Orchestra

Imant Raminsh, Psalm 23, 121

*Daniel Manneke, Psalm 121

David Briggs, Psalm 121

Leevi Madetoja, Psalm 121

Einojuhani Rautavaara, Psalm 23, Psalm 130

Whitman Brown, Psalm 23

David Goodenough, Psalm 133

Bruce Babcock, Be Still

Roxanna Panufnik, Love Endureth (from Psalm 136); also Deus est Caritas

Vytautas Miškinis, Dilexi, Laudate pueri Dominum, Exultate Deo, Thoughts of Psalms[39]

Stanislaw Szczycinski, Missa de Angelis: Psalm 91, Pater noster

Pawel Łukaszewski, Psalmus 120, Psalmus 129[40]

Wolfram Wagner, Ad te, Domine: Psalm 27 for Soli, Choir and Orchestra

Michael John Trotta, The Lord Is My Shepherd; Psalm 145; Psalm 150; also Set Me As A Seal

Jack Beeson, 3 Settings from the Bay Psalm Book

*Ross Lee Finney, Pilgrim Psalms

Ned Rorem, 2 Psalms and a Proverb; Praise the Lord, O My Soul

*Michael Ostrzyga, Deus in adjutorium (Psalm 70); Dixit Dominus (Psalm 109); Lauda Jerusalem (Psalm 147)

Enjott Schneider, Das ist mine Freude (Ps.73:28)

*Javier Busto, Laudate pueri (Psalm 112)

Sebastian Schwab, Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126)

*David Dzubay, Cantate Domino (Psalm 98)

Mordecai Sandberg, Psalm 130

Robin Estrada, Cæli enarrant[41]

*Deborah Pritchard, I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes Unto The Hills[42]

Grace Mary Williams, Two Psalms; Psalm 150[43]

Bruce Mahin, Whitman Psalms

John Cage, Harmony No. 6. Psalm 17

Iša Krejčí, Little Funeral Music for Alto, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass and Piano to Texts of the Psalms and František Halas’ Poem “Old Women” (1933, rewritten 1936); Trio for Violin, Violoncello and Piano with a song for a female voice to the text of a Psalm

Dubrovay László, A halál félelmei (Circumdederunt me)

Kurt Estermann, “digression : memoria”

Frank La Rocca, I Will Lift Mine Eyes

Goffredo Petrassi, Psalm IX

Erkkila, Vesa, Minun sieluni halajaa sinua

Tomas Peire Serrate, Confitebor Tibi Domine

Robert Vuichard, Psaume Huictisme de Clement Marot[44]

Michael Hurd, Praise Ye the Lord; O Come Let Us Sing Unto the Lord

Don Walker, Psalms 8, 26, 96, 100, 121, 133, 134; also Magnificat

Elsa Barraine, Deuxième Prélude et Fugue (based on a Jewish Psalm melody)[45]

James Cohn, 5 Psalm Dances Op.50; 4 Psalms for Women’s Chorus and Piano, op.20



*Ralph Vaughan Williams, O Clap Your Hands[46]

*John Rutter, The Lord is My Shepherd;[47] O clap your hands; Lord, thou hast been our refuge; O Lord, thou hast searched me out; Wells Jubilate, Psalmfest, Psalm 150[48]


Rock, Pop, and Contemporary Christian[49]

U2, “40”

By The Rivers of Babylon (Boney M, Sublime)

Ian White, Psalms

Phil Keaggy, Psalm 121

Shane and Shane, Psalms 13, 27, 34, 45, 46, 51, 118, 143, 145[50]

Chris Tomlin, Psalm 100

Louise B. Calixte, Psalm 69

The Psalms Project[51]

The SHIYR Poets, Psalms

Jessi Colter, The Psalms


Moses and the Exodus

Franz Schubert, Miriam’s Song of Triumph

  1. F. Händel, Israel in Egypt
  2. P. E. Bach’s Die Israeliten in der Wuste

Hubert Parry, ‘Long Since in Egypt’s Plenteous Lands’

Thomas Linley’s The Song of Moses

Gioacchino Rossini, Mosè in Egitto

Anton Rubinstein, Moses[52]

*Nathaniel Dett, The Ordering of Moses[53]

Max Bruch, Moses, op.67

Herman D. Koppel, Moses, op.76[54]

Darius Milhaud, Moise, Op.219, “Opus americanum No.2”[55]

Stefan Wolpe, The Man from Midian Suite

Arnold Schoenberg, Moses und Aron

Elmer Bernstein, The Ten Commandments

The Prince of Egypt

Franz Waxman, Joshua

Debbie Freedman, Miriam’s Song



Luise Adolpha Le Beau, Ruth: Biblical Scenes Op.27

Cesar Franck, Ruth, eglogue biblique (also The Beatitudes[57]; Psalm 150)

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Naomi and Ruth, Op. 137

James Niblock, Ruth and Naomi

Georg Schumann, Ruth op.20

Lennox Berkeley, Ruth op.50

*Franz Waxman, Ruth

Sharon Farber, “For Wherever You Go, I Will Go” (from Bridges of Love)


Song of Songs[58]

*Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Song of Songs

Jacobus Clemens non Papa, Ego flos campi[59]

Thomas Morley, O Amica Mea (also Out of the Deep, Psalm 130)

Emmanuel Chabrier, La Sulamite

Paul von Klenau, Sulamith

*Percy Grainger, Love Verses from The Song of Solomon, King Solomon’s Espousals

Jean Yves Daniel-Lesur, Le Cantique des Cantiques

Patrick Burgan, Cantique des Cantiques[60]

Patrick Hawes, Song of Songs

Lazare Saminsky, Second Hebrew Song Cycle Op.13: The Song of Songs

Rued Langaard, From the Song of Solomon, BVN 381

Sid Robinovich, Song of Songs

Jorge Liderman, The Song of Songs

Nicola LeFanu, Il Cantico dei Cantici II

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Flos Campi Suite

Benjamin Britten, My Beloved is Mine

Stephen Paulus, Arise My Love

David Bednall, Rise Up My Love

Stephen Danker, Song of Solomon (Symphony No.3)

Jonathan Leshnoff, Song of Songs[61]

Zdeněk Lukáš, Písně Šalomounovy (see also Z nejkrásnějších písní Šalomounových; Mundum est cor meum; Quis potest dicere, op. 346; Psalm 126; Ave Maria; other works)

*Pablo Casals, Nigra Sum

Sebastian Schwab, Nigra Sum

Healey Willan, Rise Up My Love

Carson Cooman, The Rose of Sharon; Rise Up My Love

James Rolfe, Garden; O That You Would Kiss Me[62]

William Walton, Set Me As A Seal Upon Thy Heart

Max Helfman, Set Me As a Seal; The Voice of My Beloved

Nico Muhly, Set Me As A Seal

Rene Clausen, Set Me As A Seal

Naji Hakim, Set Me As a Seal Upon Your Heart

Anatolijus Šenderovas, “Simeni kahotam al libecha” (“Set me as a seal on Your heart”), “Paratum cor meum” (“My heart is fixed”), “Shma Israel”, David’s Song (instrumental), Song of Shulamith (instrumental), Exodus

Vytautas Miškinis, In lectulo meo

  1. C. Kostić, Pesma nd Pesmama

Ella Milch-Sheriff, Dark am I

Sergei Slonimsky, Solomon’s Song of Songs (also David’s Psalms)[63]

Forrest Pierce, The Twelve Kisses

*Sinéad O’Connor, “Dark I Am Yet Lovely,” from the album Theology[64]


Samson and Delilah



“Samson and Delilah” aka “If I Had My Way I’d Tear the Building Down” (traditional, performed by Blind Willie Johnson, Rev. Gary Davis , The Grateful Dead, Shirley Manson, and others)

Regina Spektor

Film score


Salome with and without Words[66]

Richard Strauss, Salome

Alexander Glazunov, Introduction and Dance of Salome

Akira Ifukube, Salome (ballet)

Florent Schmitt, La Tragedie de Salome

Jules Massenet, Hérodiade

Joseph Achron, Danse de Salome

Matthias Pintscher, Hérodiade-Fragmente

Madame Edwarda, Salomé



Händel, G. F., Saul

Mussorgsky, Tsar Saul

Egil Hovland, Saul, Op.74[68]

Ján Levoslav Bella, Saul und David op. 7[69]

Nicolas Gombert, Lugebat David Absalon

Josquin des Prez, Lugebat David Absalom

*Thomas Tomkins, When David Heard

Thomas Weelkes, “When David Heard” and “O Jonathan, Woe Is Me” [70]

William Billings, David’s Lamentation

*Eric Whitacre, “When David Heard”

Norman Dinerstein, “When David Heard”

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Le danze del Re David

Artur Honneger, Le Roi David

Ståle Kleiberg, David and Bathsheba[71]

Alfred Newman, David and Bathsheba

Kirmo Lintinen, David and Bathsheba[72]

David Barlow, David and Bathsheba[73]

King David (musicals by Tim Rice, Eyal Bitton)[74]

Randall Thompson, Last Words of David

*Stephen Melillo, David


The Nativity[75]

John La Montaine, Erode the Greate, a Pageant Opera in 2 acts, Op. 40

Paul Hindemith, Das Marienleben op.27

Ave Maria: Mikołaj Zieleński, *Hildegard of Bingen, Josquin des Prez, Adrian Willaert, Jacques Arcadelt, Francisco Guerrero,[76] Robert Parsons, J. S. Bach, *Franz Schubert, *Anton Bruckner, Antonin Dvořak, Théodore Dubois (3 settings), Joseph Bonnet (op.2 and op.6 No.2), *Edward Elgar Op.2 No.2, Gustav Holst, Alan Hovhaness (Op.100 No.1a), Igor Stravinsky, Vladimir Fainer, Ferenc Farkas, R. Nathaniel Dett, Peter Benoit Op.1, Alexander Albrecht, Ladislav Stanček, Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský, Štefan Németh-Šamorínsky,[77] Viliam Figuš-Bystrý (Dve Ave Maria op. 94), Frico Kafenda, Ján Móry, Imants Ramiņš, Rihards Dubra, Robert Parsons, Vicente Barrientos Yepez, Leone Sinigaglia, Paul Creston op.57, Fartein Valen, *Morten Lauridsen, *Knut Nystedt (op.110), *Vladimir Vavilov (attributed to Giulio Caccini), Einojuhani Rautavaara, Michael Head, Colin Mawby, Gabriel Jackson, Scott Solak, Andrew Smith,[78] Hugh Benham, *Karl Jenkins, Joshua Himes, David MacIntyre; Cecilia McDowall;[79] also Pau (Pablo) Casals, Rosarium Beatae Virginis Mariae; Anthony Milner, Salutatio Angelica op.1.

Hildegard of Bingen, Magnificat

Cristobal de Morales, Magnificat (Octavi toni)

Orlando di Lassus, Magnificat tertii toni, Magnificat octavi toni

Michael Praetorius, Magnificat per omnes versus super ut re mi fa sol la

Jehan Titelouze, Magnificat (too many to list!)

Thomas Morley, Thomas Tomkins, Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Fifth Service)[80]

Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Fauxbourdons)

Marcin Mielczewski, Magnificat primi toni a 12

Isfrid Kayser, Magnificat

*Francois Couperin, Magnificat

Antonio Vivaldi, Magnificat

J. S. Bach, Magnificat in D Major BWV243

Arnold Bax, Magnificat

Alan Hovhaness, Magnificat

Ruth Watson Henderson, Magnificat[81]

Arvo Pärt, Magnificat

John Rutter, Magnificat

Fredrik Sixten, Magnificat

Krzysztof Penderecki, Magnificat

John Wood, Magnificat in G

Basil Harwood, Magnificat in A flat

Wolfram Buchenberg, Magnificat

Joep Franssens, Magnificat

Peter Benoit, Magnificat

James Burton, Magnificat

Forrest Pierce, Magnificat

Michael Kurth, Magnificat[82]

Damijan Mocnik, Magnificat

Sisask Urmas, Magnificat

Einojuhani Rautavaara, Magnificat

Goffredo Petrassi, Magnificat for Soprano, Chorus and Orchestra

Paul Chihara, Magnificat

Kim André Arnesen, Magnificat anima mea

Charles-Francois Gounod, An Evening Service

Orlando Gibbons, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Second Service; Short Service)

William Child, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis

Charles Wood, Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in F ‘Collegium Regale’

John Henry Maunder, Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in C, D, and G

*Charles V. Stanford, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (several: in Bb, C, F, G, A)

E. J. Moeran, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in D

*William Walton, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis

George Dyson, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Three: in C minor, D Major, and F Major)[83]

William Mathias, Magnificat & Nunc dimittis (Jesus Service)

John Ireland, Evening Service (Two: in C and F), Benedictus[84]

Edmund Rubbra, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis

Kenneth Leighton, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis ‘Collegium Magdalenae Oxoniensis’

Jeremy Filsell, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis from ‘Windsor Service’

Richard Pantcheff, Evening Service in D Major, “The Whitchurch Canticles”; St. Paul’s Service; Evening Canticles, “Aedes Christi”

Herbert Sumsion, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (in A, D, and three in G)

Bernard Rose, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis[85]

Elisabeth Lutyens, Magnificat and Nunc dimittis

*Ruth Biggs, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis

Caleb Burhans, Magnificat and Nunc dimittis

Michael Tippett , Magnificat and Nunc dimittis ‘Collegium Sancti Johannis Cantabrigiense’

Ēriks Ešenvalds, Magnificat and Nunc dimittis

James Whitbourn, Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, “Collegium Regale”

David Ashley White, Magnificat and Nunc dimittis[86]

Hugh Benham, Evening Service in G Major

John Tavener, Magnificat and Nunc dimittis “Collegium Regale”[87]

Paul Patterson, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, Op.59

John Høybye, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis

Judith Bingham, Edington Service

Tim Knight, Unison Canticles; Evening Canticles (also Ave Maria; Rise Up, My Love; Beati Mortui; Let Us Now Praise Famous Men)

Naji Hakim, Magnificat, Nunc dimittis[88]

Adrienne Albert, Magnificat, Nunc Dimittis[89]

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Cantique de Siméon

Josquin des Prez, Nunc Dimittis

Palestrina, Nunc Dimittis

Gustav Holst, Nunc Dimittis

Herbert Howells, Nunc Dimittis

Pawel Lukaszeski, Nunc Dimittis

Peter Tiefenbach, Nunc Dimittis

*Hreiðar Ingi, Nunc Dimittis

Sigurður Sævarsson, Nunc Dimittis

Arvo Pärt, Nunc Dimittis

John Ashton Thomas, Nunc Dimittis

Jane Marshall, Song of Simeon “Nunc dimittis”

Sungji Hong, Nunc Dimittis; also Pater Noster; The Lord Is My Shepherd

Bálint Karosi, Nunc Dimittis; Ne Timeas Maria[90]

Andrew Smith, Magnificat a 4; Nunc dimittis servum tuum

Trond Kverno, Canticum Zachariae (also Ave Maria)

Rachmaninov, Vespers Op.37 No.5 & No.11

Jules Massenet, La Vierge[91]

Johann Mattheson, Christmas Oratorio

Hector Berlioz, L’Enfance du Christ, op.25

Gerald Finzi, In Terra Pax[92]

Randall Thompson, The Nativity According to St. Luke

Paul Constantinescu, The Nativity – Byzantine Christmas Oratorio

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Evangélion

Heinrich Schütz, Weinachtshistorie (Historia der Geburt Jesu Christi) SWV 435 (The Christmas Story)

*G. F. Händel, Messiah

Sven-David Sandstöm, Messiah

Hector Berlioz, L’enfance du Christ, Op. 25

CARISSIMI, G.: Jephte / BERTALI, A.: La strage degl`innocenti

Antonio Bertali, La strage degl`innocenti

Scelsi, Three Latin Prayers (Ave Maria, Pater Noster)

Marty Haugen, Annunciation/Magnificat

Demetrio Navarro, Canticle of Our Lady (Magnificat)

Vasyl Barvinsky, Ne Plach Rakhyle (“Don’t Cry, Rachel”)


The Lord’s Prayer[93]

*Jacobus Gallus (Handl), Pater Noster

*Robert Stone, The Lord’s Prayer (earliest setting in English)

Leonhard Paminger, Pater Noster

Gioseffo Zarlino, Pater Noster, Ave Maria

Tomás Luis de Victoria, Pater Noster

Cristóbal de Morales, Pater Noster

*Josquin des Prez, Pater Noster

Guillaume de Machaut, Messe de Notre Dame : Pater Noster

Schütz, Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel

Herwig Reiter, Vater unser

Nicolai Otto, Pater Noster op.33

*Albert Hay Malotte, The Lord’s Prayer

John Caldwell, Gabriel Jackson, Bernard Rose

Charles-Francois Gounod, Pater Noster

Joseph Bonnet, Pater Noster Op.8 No.1

Franz Liszt, Pater Noster

Ferenc Farkas, Pater Noster

*Albert de Klerk, Pater Noster

*Giuseppi Verdi, Pater Noster

*Maurice Durufle, Notre Pere

*John Tavener, The Lord’s Prayer; Notre Pere

Ernst Krenek, 5 Prayers, Op. 97

Felicia Donceanu, Rugăciunea Domnească

John Ireland, Communion Service in C Major: Pater Noster (note: in English)

Leonard Bernstein, Mass: The Lord’s Prayer

Thomas Bloch, Missa Cantate: Pater Noster

Alan Hovhaness, The Lord’s Prayer op.35

Andrejs Jurjāns, The Lord’s Prayer

Arvo Pärt, Vater unser

*Peteris Vasks, Pater Noster

Pekka Kostiainen, Pater Noster

Michael Bojesen, Pater Noster

Dan Locklair, Pater Noster

Arnold Strals (recorded by Sister Janet Mead), The Lord’s Prayer

*Marcin Gumiela, Pater Noster

Naji Hakim, Pater Noster

Leoš Jánaček, Otce nas (The Lord’s Prayer), JW IV/29

*Stravinsky, Otche Nash

Rimsky-Korsakov, Lord’s Prayer

*Valentin Silvestrov, Otche Nash (from Diptych)

*Apostol Nikolaev-Stroumsky, Отче на́шъ

Nicolai Kedrov, Отче на́шъ

Peter Dinev, Отче на́шъ

Dobri Khristov, Otche Nash No.2

*Alfred Schnittke, 3 Sacred Hymns, No.3. Otche nash

D. Ljubojevic, Oče naš

Dimitri Tchesnokov, Pater Noster

*Richard Einhorn, Voices of Light: Pater Noster (with film)

Einojuhani Rautavaara, Herran rukous (The Lord’s Prayer)

Peter Maxwell Davies, The Lord’s Prayer

Toby Young, The Lord’s Prayer

Michael G. Cunningham, The Lord’s Prayer, Op.6d

Hugh Benham, The Lord’s Prayer

Daron Hagen, “Our Father” (Second Movement of Little Prayers)

Kevin Raftery, Dimitte nobis

**Frode Fjellheim, Pater Noster[94]

Anúna, Pater Noster

** Christopher Tin, Baba Yetu


The Crucifixion of Jesus[95]

  1. P. E. Bach, 30 Geistliche Gesange mit Melodien, Book 2, Wq. 198, H. 752: No. 29. Jesus in Gethsemane

Michael Berkeley, Gethsemane Fragment (instrumental)

Hjalmar Borgström, Jesus in Gethsemane, Op. 14 (instrumental)

Volker David Kirchner, Gethsemani; also Schibboleth

Teizo Matsumura, To the Night of Gethsemane (instrumental)

Bert Breit, Meditationen

Simon Vincent, Meditations on Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane; Stations of the Cross

Gottfried August Homilius, So gehst du nun (St. Mark Passion)

Charles Wood, St. Mark Passion

Reinhard Keiser, Markuspassion

Kurt Thomas, Passionmusik nach den Evangelisten Markus op.7

Adolf Brunner, Passionsgeschichte nach dem Evangelisten Markus

Osvaldo Golijov, St. Mark Passion

Théodore Dubois, Seven Last Words of Christ

Patrick Burgan, Seven Last Words of Christ[96]

Daniel Pinkham, Saint Mark Passion; The Last Seven Words of Christ

Paul Carr, Seven Last Words from the Cross[97]

Knut Nystedt, Jesu sieben Worte, Op. 171

Enjott Schneider, Sieben letzte Worte Jesu (also Organ Concerto No.2: Hiob; Three Biblical Stories; Crucifixus; Salome; others)

Johannes Heroldt, Historia Des Leidens Und Sterbens Unsers Herrn Und Heilands Jesu Christi aus dem H. Evangelisten Mattheo mit sechs Stimmen

Johann Heinrich Rolle, St. Matthew Passion

Hans Peter Türk, Siebenbürgische Passionmusik

J. S. Bach, St. Matthew’s Passion and/or St. John’s Passion

Georg Philipp Telemann, Lukas Passion 1728; Der Tod Jesu

Heinrich Schütz, Lukas-Passion

Rudolf Mauersberger: Passionsmusik nach dem Lukasevangelium

Penderecki, St. Luke Passion

Calliope Tsoupaki, St. Luke’s Passion

Kjell-Mork Karlsen, St. Luke Passion; St. John Passion; Markuspasjon; Orthodox St. Matthew Passion[98]

Teodoro Clinio, Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Secundum Joannem

Fasch, Passio Jesu Christi

Arvo Pärt, St. John Passion

Sofia Gubaidulina, Johannes-Passion and Johannes-Ostern

Guido Mancusi, Johannespassion

James Macmillan, St. John Passion; St. Luke Passion; Seven Last Words from the Cross[99]

*Ēriks Ešenvalds, Passion and Resurrection

Frédéric Ledroit, La Passion du Christ selon Saint Jean

Carl Heinrich Graun, Der Tod Jesu

Hugo Distler, Choral-Passion, op.7

Johann Wilhelm Hertel, Der Sterbende Heiland

Robert Kyr, The Passion according to 4 Evangelists

Peter Breiner, The Story (oratorio)[100]

Hermann Reutter, Die Passion in 9 Inventionen, Op. 25

Bohuslav Martinu, Greek Passion

Tan Dun, Water Passion[101]

Torbjorn Dyrud, Out of Darkness

Adolphus Hailstork, Crucifixion

John Debney, The Passion of the Christ

Frank Martin, Golgotha; Polyptyque, Six images de la Passion du Christ

*Richard Danielpour, The Passion of Yeshua[102]

John Ireland, “Greater Love Hath No Man”

Francis Poulenc, Tenebrae factae sunt

Harrison Birtwistle, The Last Supper

Patrick Hadley, A Lenten Cantata

Stevan Stojanović Mokranjac, Страснa седмица (Strasna sedmica = Passion Week)

Haydn, Seven Last Words of our Redeemer on the Cross

Schütz, Seven Last Words of our Savior on the Cross

Michael Finnissey, Dum transisset Sabbatum[103]

Judith Bingham, Jesum quaeritis Nazarenum (also “Prelude and Voluntary” inspired by the Emmaus Road story)

Bruce Springsteen, Jesus Was An Only Son


Gospels, Teaching of Jesus

*Pärt, “Which was the son of…”, “The woman with the alabaster box”; “Tribute to Caesar”; “Zwei Beter” (also Ja ma kuulsin hääle… [And I heard a voice…])

Alessandro Stradella, San Giovanni Battista

Helge Burggrabe, Jehoschua (Rotes Oratorium)[104]

Martin Emslie, Omega and Alpha

Thomas Tallis, If Ye Love Me

Paul Mealor, If Ye Love Me; also Ave Maria; De Profundis; Jubilate Deo; The Beatitudes; The Lord Bless You and Keep You; The Selwyn Service; “All wisdom cometh from the Lord”

Benjamin Britten, Cantata misericordium, Op. 69

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Dives and Lazarus (plus original folk song)

Hugo Alfvén, Den forlorade sonen (The Prodigal Son) Suite

Keith Green, Prodigal Son Suite, Road to Jericho, The Sheep and the Goats

Kurt Atterberg, De Favitska Jungfrurna, op.17 “The Wish and Foolish Virgins”

Jazeps V­­itols, Jezus pie akas (Jesus by the Well)

Christopher Wright, “The Bread of Life”; “Hymn of Salvation” (also Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis; “Song of Praise”)

E. J. Moeran, “Blessed are those servants”

Philip Stopford, “In My Father’s House”; also Ave Maria

Vladimir Ivanovich Martynov, The Beatitudes

Damijan Mocnik, Blagri (Beatitudes)

Zoltan Kodaly, Jezus es a Kufarok

Will Todd, God So Loved The World; Passion Music

Francis Pott, Christus[105]

Patrick Burgan, Noli me tangere[106]

Graham Ross, Ascendo ad Patrem meum

Mason Bates, Sirens (5th movement, From The Book of Matthew)

Omerror Dawson (Arr. Mervyn Warren), Come Unto Me

James Lee III, “Stones and Bread”[107]

Alemdar Karamanov, Cycle of Symphonies 11-14 “Accomplished” (and many others)


Wisdom, Epistles, Apocrypha and More

Jesús Guridi, “Lamento e imprecación de Agar”

Andrea Clearfield, Women of Valor

*Elizabeth Swados, Bible Women; Esther: A Vaudeville Megillah

Giacomo Carissimi, Jephte

Darius Milhaud, Cantate des proverbes

Wolfram Wagner, Proverbia[108]

*Leo Kraft, A Proverb of Solomon

James Rolfe, Four Anthems for Four Seasons; Under the Sun

*The Byrds, “Turn, Turn, Turn”

*John Rutter, To every thing there is a season

Steven Winteregg, Reflections on Quoheleth

Stefan Węgłowski, Kohelet

Paul Patterson, Ecclesiastes (from Requiem, Op.19)

Anatoly Korolev, Ecclesiast

Ernst Toch, “Vanity of Vanities”; Jephta Rhapsodic Poem, Op 89, Symphony No 5[109]

Granville Bantock, Vanity of Vanities; The Song of Songs; In Praise of Famous Men (from Two Choruses)

William Byrd, Cunctis diebus

*Hubert Parry, The Soul’s Ransom; Judith; Job

Arthur Honegger, Judith[110]

Alexander Serov, Judith

Siegfried Matthus, Judith

William Schuman, Judith

Philip Sawyers, Songs of Loss and Regret No. 7. From the Wisdom of Solomon

David Holsinger, Deborah’s Triumph/Jael’s Revenge

Frederick Jacobi, Hagiographa[111]

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Job – A Masque for Dancing

Petr Eben, Hiob

Wolfram Wagner, Hiob[112]

Peter Michael Hamel, Oh, Erde…

Luigi Dallapiccola, Job

Dave Brubeck, The Commandments and The Gates of Justice

Lukas Foss, Lammdeni, Song of Songs, Song of Anguish

Edward Bairstow, The Lamentation

*Ernst Krenek, Lamentatio Jeremiæ Prophetæ, Op. 93

* Peter-Anthony Togni, Lamentatio Jeremiæ Prophetæ[113]

Pablo Casals, O vos omnes

Rene Clausen, O vos omnes

G. F. Händel, Belshazzar, HWV 61; Judas Maccabeus

*Jean Sibelius, Belshazzar’s Feast (Belsazars gastabud), Op. 5

*William Walton, Belshazzar’s Feast

Giuseppi Verdi, Nabucco[114]

John Knowles Paine, St. Peter op.20

Mendelssohn, Paulus

Dyson, St. Paul’s Voyage to Melita

Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, Paul, Apostle of Christ

Naji Hakim, Saul de Tarse (Oratorio)

Sulo Salonen, 22 evankelimotettia; Ala pelkaa, Maria; Frukta icke, Maria

Jacobus Vaet, Pascha nostrum immolatus est Christus

Joseph Samson, Pascha nostrum immolatus est Christus

Paul Creston, Corinthians XIII

Vincent Persichetti, Love

Richard Rodney Bennett, These Three

Joni Mitchell, Love

Edward Elgar, The Apostles, The Kingdom

Andreas Raselius, Stephanus

Harvey Schmidt, Philemon

Kurt Weill, The Eternal Road

Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Oratorium nach den Bildern der Bibel; Hiob

*Patrick Gowers, Viri Galilaei

Gabriel Jackson, In All His Works

Ecce Sacerdos Magnus (Anton Bruckner, Edward Elgar)[115]

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men – versions by *Edmund Rubbra,[116] Roberta Bitgood,[117] Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gerald Finzi

Franz Baur, Ex Sapientia

*Randall Thompson, Requiem

*Brahms, Ein Deutsches Requiem

Jacob Druckman, Vox Humana

Antonio Caldara, Motets

Sylvie Bodorová, Juda Maccabeus



Mendelssohn, Elijah

Malcolm Lipkin, Naboth’s Vineyard

Rihards Dubra (and Jacobus Handl), Duo Seraphim

Edward Elgar, The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me

Michael Horvit, “The Prophecy of Amos,” “God Is With Us,” “You Shall Love The Lord Your God”

Jonathan Dove, Seek Him that Maketh the Seven Stars

Marga Richter, Seek Him

John Stainer, I Saw The Lord

Matthew Martin, I Saw The Lord

Lori Laitman, And I Will Bring Them

Michael Scherperel, Et introibunt in speluncas petrarum

Johannes Sigl, Refugium II

Rudolf Tobias, Des Jona Sendung

Charles Villiers Stanford, “For lo, I raise up”

Hugo Cole, Jonah

Max Stern, Behold, the Days Come (Cantatas on Biblical Prophecies)

Bob Dylan, All Along the Watchtower

Miloslav Kabeláč, Symphony No. 8, Op.54 “Antiphons” (text from Daniel)


The End of the World[118]

Anthony Pitts, Seven Letters

Herbert Howells, Blessed are the Dead

James Whitbourn, “He carried me away in the spirit” and “Pure river of water of life”[119]

Rued Langgard, Antichrist/The End of Time

Franz Schmidt, Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln (The Book With Seven Seals)

Hilding Rosenberg, Symphony No.4 “Johannes uppenbarelse”

*Messiaen, Quatuor pour le fin de temps

Daniel Pinkham, Revelation Motets

Pierre Henry, L’apocalypse de Jean

Marcin Gumiela, Apocalypse

Knut Nystedt, Apocalypsis Joannis, Op. 155

Kjell-Mork Karlsen, Apenbarings-Meditasjoner (Meditations on Revelation), Op. 155[120]

Boris Arapov, Revelation of St. John the Theologian

Poul Ruders, Thus Saw Saint John

Edgar Bainton, “And I Saw a New Heaven”

Julian Wachner, “Behold the Tabernacle of God”[121]

Patrick Hawes, Revelation[122]

Cristian Bence-Muk, Apocalipsa

Reginald Haber, “Holy, Holy, Holy”

Paulin Michael Mills, “Thou Art Worthy”

Adrian Howard and Pat Turner, “Salvation Belongs To Our God”

Iron Maiden, “The Number of the Beast”

Simon Khorolskiy, Знамение Сына (The Sign of the Son) combines a variety of apocalyptic texts especially from the Gospels and Revelation[123]


Multiple Texts

Anthony Milner, The Water and the Fire[124]

Margaret Allison Bonds, “Scripture Reading”

Einojuhani Rautavaara, Vigilia

James Lentini, Three Sacred Meditations

Johan Franco, Seven Biblical Sketches

Bruno Bjelinski, Drei biblische Legenden (for trumpet and piano, texts not clearly indicated)


Other resources (general)

Karen Tanaka, Water of Life

Bjorn Korsan Hoemsnes, Chili Celeste (Mighty Heavens) [unsure which biblical text – can anyone help?]


There is so much here, and so much has been written on the topic. I will however note two resources here that it would be easy to miss in that plethora. First, an open access book, Sacred Sound and Social Change: Liturgical Music in Jewish and Christian Experience, edited by Lawrence A. Hoffman and Janet R. Walton. See also the section on Bible and music in Claude Savart and Jean Noël Aletti (eds.), Le Monde contemporain et la Bible. Editions Beauchesne, 1985.



[1] Also relevant: Olivier Greif’s Cello Concerto, “Durch Adams Fall.”

[2] Also his Four Motets.


[4] Playlist on composer’s website along with settings of the Lord’s Prayer and Ave Maria

[5] Has also set Psalm 39.

[6] Also Psalm 42

[7] There are more settings of Psalms than can be mentioned, never mind included in the course. Other composers include Benedetto Marcello, Henry Purcell, Joseph Corfe, Edward John Hopkins, Matthew Camidge, William Child, George C. Martin, John Barnby, Henry Thomas Smart, James Turle, T. Rogers, John Goss, Frederick Alfred Harvey, Thomas Tomkins, George Bennett, Samuel Sebastian Wesley, G. B. Arnold, Edward C. Bairstow, Charles Harford Lloyd, Walter Galpin Alcock, O. H. Peasgood, Thomas Attwood Walmisley, Martin Neary, Percy Carter Buck, Emilis Melngailis, Percy Whitlock, Henry Walford Davies, Walter Parratt, Michael Joncas, Jenö Takács (in the People’s Mass Book), Bernard Rose, Ivor Atkins, Ruth Watson Henderson, Donald Waxman, and Zavel Zilberts, Michael Joncas. See also the psalms adapted to familiar hymn tunes by Timothy and Julie Tennent:

[8] See also this video about the method for deducing pitch from markings in the Hebrew text:

[9] In the Naxos database.

[10] Also Pater Noster, Jephtha’s Vow

[11] Also V’sham’ru (Exodus 31:16-17)

[12] “The Spirit Moves” by LeFanu also draws on the Psalms.

[13] This work is a setting of Psalm 92.

[14] Listen also to other settings of Biblical texts by the same composer.




[18] Also “Christ Rising Again” and many others

[19] Too many works by this composer to list all of them!

[20] Also set by Tomás Luis de Victoria (Psalm 33:1 and 118:132,145)

[21] Also Pater Noster, Magnificat, Magnificat anima mea Dominum

[22] Also Ave Maria Op.74, Magnificat, other works.

[23] Important in the history of the United States is the Bay Psalm Book, the first book printed in the Americas.

[24] Includes a number of texts in addition to Psalms.

[25] Hakenberger was a Catholic employed by a Lutheran church in Gdansk.

[26] Psalms are also included in his Bible Songs op.113.

[27] Psalm 23 provides the headings. He has also composed Mary of Magdala F.31.

[28] Also A new heart, a new spirit; Every purpose under heaven; Marborough Canticles; Invictus: A Passion.

[29] Other compositions include “The Transfiguration” and ‘He Will Swallow up Death in Victory’

[30] Also listen to his Ave Maria (No.3 in his 3 Latinska hymner).

[31] The works “There is Joy in the Morning,” “Ever With Me,” and “Prayer of Compassion” combine words with Psalms with other lyrics. Walker is a Quaker.

[32] Also note Lera Auerbach’s De Profundis Violin Concerto No. 3.

[33] Also Magnificat, Pater Noster. The foundation named for him lists Psalms 8, 24, 66, 70, 84, 127, 132, and 150 among his compositions.

[34] Other relevant works include “Kom till mig (Come to Me)”; “En ny himmel och en ny jord”; “Sanger om karlek (Songs of Love)”; and his new setting of “Messiah.”

[35] See also the composer’s notes in Leneman and Wallfish.


[37] Laudate Dominum-Oremus-Deo Gratias from Gloria Patri (24 Hymns for mixed choir)

[38] Also listen to his “Wisdom and Folly.”

[39] Has also set Pater Noster, Ave Maria

[40] Also composed Pater noster, Nunc dimittis, Ave Maria, and Adventgebet.

[41] Most of the text is from Psalm 18, with Matthew 7:12 added at the end.

[42]  Other works, such as Lord’s Prayer, Ave Maria, and The Angel Standing In The Sun may also be found on the composer’s Soundcloud page.

[43] Also The Song of Mary; Benedicite; and sketches of a work Simon the High Priest




[47] His Requiem includes both Psalm 130 and Psalm 23.

[48] There are many other works by Rutter that set Biblical texts, including “The Lord Bless You And Keep You,” “I am with you always,” and Visions (two of the four movements feature texts from Isaiah and Revelation).

[49] Others include David Haas, The Goodness of God, “Psalm 34”;

[50] See the artists’ website for discussion of some of their psalm settings.

[51] This should not be confused with the Solo Dei Gloria Psalms Project, and indeed it might be instructive to compare the two.

[52] Hear also his Sulamith, Der Thurm zu Babel, Die Maccabäer, Christus, and others.

[53] A dissertation on the piece can be found here:   See also his 8 Bible Vignettes.

[54] Also listen to his Psalms, Biblical Songs, and 4 Love Songs on the Song of Songs.

[55] Also note his treatments of the stories of Esther and David.

[56] “Music and Librettos as Midrash”


[58]  See the compilation Das Hohelied der Liebe by Singer Pur for more settings from different centuries, by Dominique Phinot, Ivan Moody, Leonhard Lechner, Guillaume Dufay, Brian Elias, Jean Richafort, Heinrich Schutz, Joanne Metcalf, John Plummer, Ludwig Senfl, and Wilhelm Keller. See also the settings by Hieronymus Praetorius, Nicolas Gombert, Tomas Luis de Victoria, John Forest, Giulio Belli, Cornelius Canis, Heinrich Isaac, Clemens Morel, and Robert White. Salamone Rossi, The Songs of Solomon (Hashirim asher lishlomo), should not be mistaken for a setting of this.

[59] Also Vox in Rama, Magi Veniunt


[61] See also his Eytz Chaim (Tree of Life), a meditation on Proverbs 3:18, 13, 17; as well as Zohar (oratorio) and HaMelekh, both on Jewish mystical texts.

[62] A section of his Four Anthems also derives from Song of Songs

[63] See other setting as well as much more in Kenneth Jaffe, Solo Vocal Works on Jewish Themes: A Bibliography of Jewish Composers.

[64] Other tracks on the album are also of interest, such as “If You Had a Vineyard.”

[65] See also his Psalm CL “Praise Ye The Lord” and The Promised Land.

[66] Other individuals and texts have been treated instrumentally. See Kuhnau’s 6 Sonata, Dett’s 8 Bible Vignettes, and Jaromir Weinberger’s Bible Poems for Organ. More on the Enoch Seminar website here:

[67] See also the Biblical Triptych by Jenő (Eugene) Zádor, the movements of which are “Joseph,” “David,” and “Paul.” James Lee III composed “Yoshiyahu – Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Orchestra “ as a musical exploration of the story of Josiah.

[68] Also Bli hos oss (Stay with us), Op. 87, No. 3; Loven og profetene (The Law and the Prophets); Sennepskornet (The Mustard Seed), Op. 25, No. 10; How Long O Lord Op.58; Return My Soul Op.87 No.5; Missa verbi, Op. 78: Kom til meg (Come to Me); Jerusalem Op.25.

[69] Also composed a setting of Ave Maria.

[70] Also relevant are his Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, among other compositions

[71] His Hymn to Love is a setting of 1 Corinthians 13, and his Requiem for the Victims of Nazi Persecution includes Psalm 13. He has also set the Magnificat, and The Shepherds and the Angels.

[72] Not a setting of the biblical text, but fascinating because the libretto by Vali-Pekka Hänninen focuses on an imagined exchange between the two after Uriah is killed.


[74] John Duffy’s “Heritage Suite for Orchestra” also includes two movements about David.

[75] For more settings see the longer list here: Frank Martin, Le Mystère de la Nativité, is not a setting of the biblical text.

[76] Also set Maria Magdalene

[77] Also set Pater Noster:

[78] Also related is his Ioseph fili David, based on the angel’s reassurance to Joseph.

[79] Also the instrumental “A Draught of Fishes”

[80] Hear also his setting of excerpts from Psalms 39, 44, and 68.

[81] Also by Henderson: Cantate Domino; Psalm 100.

[82] Has also composed Love is Patient, Alleluia, and Miserere (the latter including text from Psalm 51 as well as poetry by Jesse Breite).

[83] Note also his “St. Paul’s voyage to Melita.”

[84] See also his piece “Island Praise” with text from Isaiah.

[85] Other settings of scripture include Lilia Agricolae, “Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house” (Ps.26:8-12), The Lord’s Prayer, and “Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:5-7).

[86] The same composer has also set Psalms 23, 88, and 98, as well as a number of other biblical texts.

[87] See also his “Fear and Rejoice O People.”

[88] See also his “Verbum caro factum est”

[89] Listen on the composer’s website:

[90] The latter is also set by Tomás Luis de Victoria, Johann Michael Haydn, Jens Klimek, Mark Chapman, Mariano Garau

[91] Hear also his Marie-Magdeleine


[93] Online recordings of several versions as well as analysis thereof can be found on the Saturday Chorale blog: . This week will focus both on changing approaches to the Lord’s Prayer over the centuries, and on reception of the text in English vs. other languages. See also other settings by Jacob Arcadelt, John Sheppard, John Farmer, Orlando di Lasso, Obrecht, Paminger, Hassler, Homilius, Verdi, Reger, Stockmeier, and Sven-David Sandstrom.

[94] His “Psalm” is also beautiful!

[95] The focus here is on settings which stick at least primarily to the Biblical text. Other treatments, such as those by Ludwig van Beethoven (Christus am Ölberge), Lotti (Crucifixus), Glazunov (King of the Jews), Stainer (The Crucifixion), Caplet (Le miroir de Jesus), Emslie (Omega and Alpha), and Chilcott (St. John Passion) are thus not included, although they are worth consulting by way of comparison. See also Jacques Ibert’s music for the 1935 film Golgotha, and Maurice Dupré’s Symphonie-Passion, Op. 23. Sven-David Sandström recently premiered his St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion but no recordings are commercially available at present.


[97] Carr has also set Ave Maria and The Beatitudes of Jesus.

[98] Also “Jeremias´ Klagesanger,” “How long, O Lord,” and “My soul thirsts for God”

[99] Also Tu Es Petrus.

[100] Also 129 (De Profundis)

[101] See the composer’s website for more information:


[103]  (also set by John Taverner). See also his Mysteries.

[104] Also Magnificat, other works

[105] Has also set Psalm 126, “When David Heart that Absalom was Slain,” and other texts.



[108] Also note his Das Gebot des Herrn, 2 Latin Motets for Mixed Choir, 2 Latin Settings, Hagar und Ismael in der Wüste, Expulsion from Eden, Ave Maria, Jakobsgesänge, and Am Anfang.


[110] Note also his Symphony No.3, “Symphonie Liturgique” the 2nd movement of which is based on Psalm 130, itself part of the Requiem Mass.

[111] See here for more about Jacobi as well as other compositions with biblical connections:

[112] This oratorio is not strictly a setting of Job, but it incorporates Psalm 101. See also his Secundum Scripturas.

[113] He has also composed Ave Maria and a setting of Psalm 98.


[115] This antiphon is from Ecclesiasticus 44:16-27.

[116] Part of his Three Motets.

[117] She also composed “The Greatest of These Is Love”

[118] See also allusions in many other hymns and songs, e.g. “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “We Shall Overcome.”

[119] Also note his Alleluia jubilate, derived from Ps.66:1-2, and also his “There is no speech or language.”

[120] Also Kristusmeditasjoner (Meditations on Christ), Op. 120; Cello Sonata, Op. 152b, “Daughter of Jephthah” as well as the St. John and St. Luke Passions mentioned elsewhere in this document.

[121] Other settings of Biblical texts by the same composer are mentioned on his website:



[124] Also Symphony No.2.

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