Psalm settings

Here are my (currently 15) musical settings of various complete psalms, some part psalms, and single psalm verses:

  • Ashrei Ha’am (Ps. 89:16-19; SATB) – Rosh Hashanah; Parshat B’ha’alotecha – includes fun (optional) vocal ‘echoes’ in the chorus
  • Barchi Nafshi (Ps 103:1-12) – thoughtful; verses used at Kol Nidrei and High Holy Days; usually solo
  • B’ruchah Haba’ah (Ps. 118:26; Song of Songs 6:10; 2 voices) – baby blessing (girl); wedding; bat mitzvah – very easy for a congregation to pick up by ear during the service
  • Come Down, God (Ps. 86:1-7; solo) – spiritual challenge; loss; healing; interfaith – can also be sung as a wordless nigun
  • I lift my eyes to the mountains / Essa Einai (Ps. 121; solo a cappella) – spiritual challenge; interfaith; funeral; memorial
  • Halleluyah No. 1 (Ps. 150; solo) – shabbat; morning; praise; interfaith
  • Halleluyah No. 2 (Ps. 150; SATB + optional soprano solo) – shabbat; morning; praise; interfaith – 4 part round (32 bar melody)
  • Holy Mountain (Ps. 87; SATB) – shabbat; praise; interfaith – lively
  • Nir’eh Or / In Your light, we see light (Ps.36:8-10; solo) – baby blessing;  bar mitzvahbat mitzvah ; wedding; protection, healing
  • Ki L’Olam Chasdo (Ps. 136:1-2, 5-6, 16, 25, 3, 26; SATB) – Great Hallel – shabbat, Yom Tov, Pesach, Hoshanah Rabbah (7th day of Sukkot)
  • Mah Gadlu / How great are Your works (Ps. 92:6; 3 voices) – morning; praise; interfaith; any time – 3 part round (12 bar melody)
  • Shiru Ladonai, Shir Chadash (Ps 96:1-2, 7-8, 11-13) – gentle and joyful; solo, art song; in 8/8 with irregular rhythms
  • Simcha Song (Ps. 81; 3 voices) – celebrations: bar / bat mitzvah, wedding, anniversary, baby blessing (brit shalom, brit milah, brit bat); festivals – 3 part round (48 bar melody)
  • Trust in You (Ps. 131; solo) – spiritual challenge; Shoah memorial; interfaith; Parshat Va’yeshev (Joseph in prison)
  • V’shavti B’veit Adonai (Ps. 23:6; 2 voices) – for reassurance; shabbatYom Kippur Mincha – 2 part round (32 bar melody)

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