Congratulations are in order to my friend, composer Delvyn Case, who has been named the 2021 Distinguished Composer of the Year by the Music Teachers National Association, for his work “Psalms of Ascent.” You can listen to it here:
Tablet magazine has a podcast interview with Delvyn Case about his cantata that I mentioned here previously, “The Binding of Isaac According to the Elohist.”
The Society of Biblical Literature drew attention to the work of Nick Smolenski. Also take a look at his blog for more.
As I wait to hear the result of the peer review process, I’ve continued adding additional works and links to my book on The Bible and Music. I am always on the lookout for more music of this sort, and more music that I’ll enjoy in general.
Egil Hovland’s “Saul” features narration as well as choir and organ:
There’s lots of music in other languages than English that sets biblical texts, of course. Here is David Monrad Johansen’s Fem Bibelske Sanger (Five Biblical Songs), Op. 25, II. Mathaeus 23.27-33:
What have you been listening to lately? Any recommendations? Please do share them!