Friday, November 30, 2018

LORD, YOU HAVE GREATLY BLESSED YOUR LAND

The text based on Psalm 85 and written by an unknown author.  The tune is short and sweet, short enough where the seven verses of text won't feel like a marathon.  The tune is one of those rarities that end in the V chord, and the last note of the melody is the fifth of that V chord (for those not so well versed in music theory, the tune is in the key of D, but it ends in the A chord, and the melody ends with an E note).  This kind of ending also takes place in a little-known tune by the late C. Alexander Peloquin, titled "Creative Love".  If you have a Worship II hymnal handy, it's at #257, with the Fred Kaan hymn text, Surrounded by a World of Need.
This tune, like the one I wrote for O that I Could for Ever Dwell, is based on a Gregorian melody from the Liber Usualis, in this case, the Offertory Benedixisti, Domine from III Advent.

UPDATE (XI-30-18): This hymn has now been included as the Offertory for III Advent in the forthcoming Christus Vincit Gradual.

SATB hymn

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

LORD, I LIFT MY SOUL TO THEE

A rare hymn text based on Psalm 25, taken from The Psalter of 1912, wedded to original music, cleverly dubbed New 25th, written in a modern style emulating that of the late great Richard Proulx. Great for Advent, Lent, and even on some days during Ordinary Time.  Makes for a great hymn for I Advent (especially as many parishes still seem to prefer hymns over propers), as the first verse is a paraphrase of the Introit and Offertory appointed for that day.

UPDATE (XI-29-18): This hymn has now been included as the Offertory for I Advent in the forthcoming Christus Vincit Gradual.

PDF - Lord, I Lift My Soul to Thee - Unison hymn

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