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Psalm 90

By Michael Burkhardt

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SATB choir divisi, organ, handbells, percussion - Late Intermediate
Composed by Michael Burkhardt. Advanced/Collegiate. Catholic Year C Ordinary23; Year A Proper 25 (30). 21st Century. Octavo. Published by MorningStar Music Publishers (MN.50-7056).

Item Number: MN.50-7056

Scripture: Psalms 90.

Commissioned for the 75th Anniversary of the Carthage Choir, Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin. This dramatically moving setting of Psalm 90 makes use of text painting throughout the work in both the vocal and instrumental parts. The hymn tune, ST. ANNE, is quoted.
,br>It is comprised of three parts:
1) a vigorous opening section with organ in which verses 1, 2, and 4 of the Psalm as paraphrased by Stephen Mitchell and Isaac Watts are presented and the hymn tune, ST. ANNE, quoted;
2) a brief middle section comprised of psalm verses 3, 5, 6, and 10 for narrator(s) and tubular chimes (opt. handbells);
3) a final section for soloists, SATB choir divisi, organ, and tubular chimes which presents Mitchells paraphrase of verses 12-17, beginning freely, building to a glorious climax (in the radiance of your love) and then returning to quiet chant-like material for the final prayer of the text.

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