Psalm XVIII ("The Heavens Declare the Glory of God") (Psalm XIX in the King James Version of the Bible). Composed by Benedetto Marcello (1686-1739). Edited by Robert Leech Bedell. For Organ. Masterworks; Organ Solo. H.W. Gray Standard Series of Organ Compositions. Baroque; Masterwork Arrangement; Sacred. Late Intermediate. Sheet. 8 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.GSOC00028).
Known both as "Psalm 18" and "Psalm 19," this famous organ piece is a perfect, fanfare-filled recessional for weddings or other festive services. Based on the biblical text, "The heavens declare the glory of God," the organ is registered bright and full, with alternating antiphonal-like sections playing as echoes from one division to another. Marcello was a famous Italian contemporary of Antonio Vivaldi in the baroque era, and this wonderful, very playable, musical celebration is an essential addition to the organistâ€™s library.