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Psalm 73

Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
6 minutes
Modern classical music
Instrumental parts
Not available

Two movement major work for chorus setting the entire Psalm 73. Though seldom set to music, I find this to be one of the most profound of all the psalms as it relates to the human condition. Movement one is a powerful rendition of the opening verses of the psalm with numerous changes in texture reflecting the different moods of the psalmist. These climax in a fugue after which the movement returns to the majestic theme of the opening measures. Movement two for unaccompanied choir uses the the tune from the Sterndale Psalter and has a plaintive early American quality as the psalmist stuggles for meaning in life, but ultimately declares his faith in God regardless.

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