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Settings of: Psalm 23

Date: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 17:42:58 -0500
From: Dave Heesen
Subject: Compilation of settings of 23rd Psalm

Here they are, after nearly a month (I had to go to Seattle for two weeks).
There are undoubtedly duplicates here, but my time is limited. If someone
would like to sort them out, feel free to, and repost.
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ORIGINAL LIST
1. standard hymn
2. standard hymn
3. THE NEW 23RD Ralph Carmichael
4. THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD Jimmy Owens
5. BROTHER JAMES' AIR
6. THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD Schubert
7. THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD Tchaikovsky (from __ Symphony)
8. THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD Pink Floyd
9. THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD Mike Roberts
(http://www.micharon.demon.co.uk/P23_1.GIF)
10. My Shepherd Guides 490 Tune: Palmer Godsey, 1959
Lyrics: Era Tidwell Godsey, 1959
Meter: Common Meter Double (8,6,8,6,8,6,8,6)

(http://medinfo.labmed.umn.edu/Docs/.www/Index/L/490.html)
11. You Oh Lord Lead Me On Andy Chadwick 1997

(http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~revival/nogweb.html#rohi)
12. Protection 402 Tune: C. F. Letson, 1869
Lyrics: Joseph Addison, 1712
Meter: Long Particular Meter (8,8,8,8,8,8)

(http://medinfo.labmed.umn.edu/Docs/.www/Index/L/402.html)
13. The Twenty-Third Psalm 524 Tune: Paine Denson, 1950
Lyrics: Holy Bible: Psalm 23
Meter: Prose

(http://medinfo.labmed.umn.edu/Docs/.www/Index/L/524.html)
14. PSALM 23 1995 by Eric Giguere

(http://csg.uwaterloo.ca/~giguere/music/psalms/psalm23.html)
15. PSALM 23 David Street (sung to the blues)
(http://www.streetlock.com/psalms/index.htm)
16. My Shepherd Is the Lord Pepper Choplin
(http://home.earthlink.net/~choplin/anthems.html)
17. My Shepherd Will
Supply My Need Isaac Watts
Tune: FOREST GREEN
END OF ORIGINAL LIST
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CHORALIST CONTRIBUTIONS TO ORIGINAL LIST

From: "B.E. Swetman"
For a folk melody see Resignation:
http://ccel.wheaton.edu/s/southern_harmony/sharm/sharm/hymn/t=Resignation.html

From: Don & Lyn Schramm
The Lord Is My Shepherd by John Rutter published by Oxford.
The Lord Is My Shepherd by Dvorak

From: ngilbert(a)uci.edu (Nina Gilbert)
Vance Wolverton collected a list of settings of Psalm 23, culled from
Choralist and other sources, and published it as an article in the Choral
Journal about 3 years ago.

From: Tom Lumb
I assume one of your "standard hymn"s was the tune "Crimond"?
Add 'Valleys of green" : Dan Schutte.

From: mbanner(a)zelacom.com
How about the first half of the second movement of the Bernstein Chichester
Psalms (the two part women's canon)...

From: MSprin4574(a)aol.com
You don't know Allen Pote's setting of The Lord is my Shepherd? It's SA(T)B-
very nice for youth or adults. My Boy's Choir is singing it on June 7.

From: ryc williamson
What are the tunes for the standard hymns you list as 1. & 2. (look for
the name on the hymnal page eg Tallis canon or whatever
Did you get Bobby McFerren's (sp) version?
Ryc Williamson

From: Chris Johns
Here's my contribution:
Brother James' Air- arr Gordon Jacob (standard Ps23 words)
The Lord is my Shepherd (Lennox Berkeley)
Also one of the Dvorak Biblical songs for Baritone and Piano is a setting
of Ps23 (in Cxech!)

From: "Jonathan Allen Veenker"
Bobby McFerrin has an interesting setting on his Medicine Man CD.

From: "Steven L. Schaffner"
Allen Bonde's Psalme XIII (SATB or SSAA a cappella) Published by Schaffner
Music

From: "Ross C. Bernhardt"
I recently wrote a setting in Hebrew. It's not published yet, although I
just sent it off to Mark Foster.

From: Chris Hunt
I don't know which "standard hymns" you meant, but there are several
paraphrases:
The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want (the one sung to Brother James
Air)
The King of Love my Shepherd is (contains an additional stanza not in
the psalm, "Perverse and foolish oft I strayed")
The God of love my shepherd is
The old Church of England Prayer Book version (based on one of the early
pre-King-James translations, perhaps Coverdale's) went
The Lord is my Shepherd, therefore can I lack nothing...

From: James Laster
You might want to take a look at CATALOG OF CHORAL MUSIC ARRANGED
IN BIBLICAL ORDER compiled by James Laster and published by
Scarecrow Press. It is in the second printing of the second
edition. An addenda is scheduled for 2001. You will find
several settings of Psalm 23 plus other Psalms and other
scripture based choral music.

From: RobertamR(a)aol.com
Add:
Hovhaness: Symphony #12
"Low Dutch" (Bay Psalm Book, 9th Ed., 1698)
Robert Ross: Psalm 23 (ATTB soli, SATB, org., unpub.)
*My Shepherd Will Supply My Need* arr. James Raseley (?) Shawnee (on same tune
as Virgil Thomson arr.)
Psalm 23--Bobby McFerrin (Anglican Chant type setting; uses all female
imagery)
John Rutter setting (OUP; also appears in his *Requiem*)

From: RBritt1423(a)aol.com
This looks interesting. Please send me your list of 100.

From: "Christopher R. Baker"
Here's five I stumbled while working on the XMas page.
Herren er min Hyrde, John Dahle (in Norwegian and English)
from Choruses and Chorals for the Choral Union of the
Norwegian Synod's 4th Tri-Annual Song Festival at
San Francisco California June 1915
The Lord is My Shepherd, Franz Schubert, arr John Stainer
from Master Choruses - Mixed Voice Sacred,
Oliver Ditson, 1923
Aylesbury
The Missouri Harmony by Allen D, Carden
reprint of the 1846 edition by Bison Books
The text it uses is:
The Lord my shepherd is,
I shall be well supply'd;
Since he is mine,
and I am his,
What can I want beside.
[From The Presbyterian Book of Praise, Oxford 1906 ]
WILTSHIRE (New St. Ann) Sir George Smart
REST Lowell Mason's Hallelujah, 1854 ?!
both use the following verse translation:
1.
The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; he leadeth me
The quiet waters by.
2.
My soul he doth restore again;
And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
Even for his own name's sake.
3.
Yea, though I walk through death's dark vale,
Yet will I fear none ill;
For thou art with me; and thy rod
And staff me comfort still.
4.
My table thou hast furnished
In presence of my foes;
My head thou dost with oil anoint,
And my cup overflows.
5.
Goodness and mercy all my life
Shall surely follow me;
And in God's house for evermore
My dwelling-place shall be.

Back to Vom Himmel Hoch

From: "Thomas Kerzel"
The most important german (Der Herr ist mein Hirte) settings are:
Georg Philipp Telemann (only verse 1)
Heinrich Schuetz SWV 33
Heinrich Schuetz SWV 398
Franz Schubert Gott ist mein Hirt

From: Kathy Boyce
Sorry I am so late reading my mail. Of course, there is Rutter's
version from his Requiem.

From: Chris Johnson
We publish the following settings:
Ralph Vaughan Williams, The Twenty-Third psalm (SATB
unaccompanied)
Andrew Carter, The Lord is My Shepherd (SATB, organ)
William Mathias, The Lord is My Shepherd (TTBB, organ)
John Rutter, The Lord is My Shepherd (SATB, organ)
Peter Saltzman, The Lord is My Shepherd (SATB unaccompanied)--just
out
Schubert, ed. Whittaker, The Lord is My Shepherd (SSAA, piano)
Schubert, ed. Rutter, Psalm 23 (SSAA, piano)--just out
Not published by us (I wish it were!) is Virgil Thomson's beautiful
arrangement of a Southern hymn paraphrase, "Green Fields."


David R. Heesen
Director, Secretarial Services
Box 241, Beloit College, 700 College St., Beloit, WI 53511
email: heesendr(a)beloit.edu
Web page--http://beloit.edu/~heesendr/heesen.htm

Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 15:43:07 -0500
From: Dave Heesen
Subject: Addendum to 100 settings of 23rd Psalm

Since I posted my compilation of 100 settings of the 23rd Psalm on June 24,
I heard from several people:

From: "B.E. Swetman"
The numbers following the titles on these are the page numbers in The
Sacred Harp, 1991 ed. They are not really part of the title. The pages have
been moved so the URL's are incorrect, I am adding the correct URL after
the incorrect ones
At 05:42 PM 6/24/98 -0500, you wrote:
>10. My Shepherd Guides 490 Tune: Palmer Godsey, 1959
> Lyrics: Era Tidwell Godsey, 1959
> Meter: Common Meter Double (8,6,8,6,8,6,8,6)
>
(http://medinfo.labmed.umn.edu/Docs/.www/Index/L/490.html)
http://fasola.org/index/L/490.html

>12. Protection 402 Tune: C. F. Letson, 1869
> Lyrics: Joseph Addison, 1712
> Meter: Long Particular Meter (8,8,8,8,8,8)
>
(http://medinfo.labmed.umn.edu/Docs/.www/Index/L/402.html)
http://fasola.org/index/L/402.html

>13. The Twenty-Third Psalm 524 Tune: Paine Denson, 1950
> Lyrics: Holy Bible: Psalm 23
> Meter: Prose
>
(http://medinfo.labmed.umn.edu/Docs/.www/Index/L/524.html)
http://fasola.org/index/L/524.html

From: Dmadiva(a)aol.com
I obviously missed your original posting, so sorry for the later addition. If
you're ever looking for a lovely 2-part setting for treble voices, try "Psalm
23" by Andrea Jill Higgins, Transcontinental Music Press.


From: Mark Flinn
There is also the very fine a capella setting by Stanford.

From: Joan Catoni Conlon
Do you know the Virgil Thomson setting of the old hymn tune?
Truly beautiful. Joan

From: JVosk(a)aol.com
Judith Shatin did a setting of the 23d Psalm in hebrew called Adonai Roi. It's
published by Lawson Gould.

David R. Heesen
Director, Secretarial Services
Box 241, Beloit College, 700 College St., Beloit, WI 53511
email: heesendr(a)beloit.edu
Web page--http://beloit.edu/~heesendr/heesen.htm

Date: Fri, 03 Jul 1998 08:11:40 -0500
From: Dave Heesen
Subject: Second addendum to 100 settings of Psalm 23 (no more, please)

This will be all from me as compiler of 23rd Psalm settings, as I will be
unsubscribing soon. Anybody get a total count? Keep choraling, guys!

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From: TPorter111(a)aol.com
I checked through the posting but didn't notice any reference to the setting
that is the opening theme music for "The Vicar of Dibley", a british sit-com.
There was a posting a while back asking for any clues as to who wrote it, etc.
If anyone has any info on this, please e-mail me privately.

From: "Paul Inwood"
Have you looked at Christopher Walker's setting "Because the Lord is my
shepherd" (published by OCP Publications: http://www.ocp.org if you want
their website)
A rather older one (1940s) is Joseph Gelineau's well-known setting, using
the Grail translation. For details, try GIA's website (they are the US
publishers): ...www.giamusic.com


David R. Heesen
Director, Secretarial Services
Box 241, Beloit College, 700 College St., Beloit, WI 53511
email: heesendr(a)beloit.edu
Web page--http://beloit.edu/~heesendr/heesen.htm
on January 17, 2003 10:00pm
My setting of Psalm 23 mentioned in the thread above is now published through Mark Foster, catalog # MF2152.
on June 7, 2007 10:00pm
I am looking - in a big hurry - for a french version of Psalm 23.
on February 20, 2009 10:00pm
Z. Randal Stroope has a setting of Psalm 23 for SSA voices that is one of the most beautiful (and difficult) pieces of music I have ever heard.
on February 8, 2013 9:40pm
I recently completed a sweet, new, hymn-liike melody for the 23rd Psalm.
Portions of an SATB Choir arrangement can be sampled at the following link.
I hope you enjoy it.
I believe you will know in just a few measures whether it is of intereat to you.
Scores are available.
Best regards,
Robert Ashford