Psalms and Musical adaptation

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Ben | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Aug 27 2012 8:48 AM

I am gearing up to teach a class on Psalms. I'm looking for a resource or list that can help me find medieval/classical adaptions of Psalms, like Allegri's Miserere Mei (Psalm 51), etc. Basically, if it's in English, it's too new.

Anyone know of anything like that?

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HJ. van der Wal | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 27 2012 11:15 AM

Ben:

Basically, if it's in English, it's too new.

The first resource that comes to my mind is a book in German:

Sönke Remmert, Bibeltexte in der Musik. Ein Verzeichnis ihrer Vertonungen [Dienst am Wort 74] Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 1996.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 27 2012 1:22 PM

http://musicasacra.com/

or the blog et.al. at http://religiousaffections.org/articles/articles-on-music/ancient-and-early-medieval-settings-of-psalm-130/ would provide some hints  or useful links at http://www.music.princeton.edu/chant_html/ You should be able to trace other sources from these. If you want a list of recordings in various styles of chant let me know.

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BKMitchell | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Aug 28 2012 6:18 AM

Ben:
I am gearing up to teach a class on Psalms. I'm looking for a resource or list that can help me find medieval/classical adaptions of Psalms,

Hello Ben,

take a look at the following. This is the first line of Psalms one, notice the symbols in red. Those red symbols are notation called te'amim in Hebrew and in English called cantillation marks. These markets are used for chanting the Bible.


For, MP3's of Traditional adaptions of the te'amim above go to:

  1. http://torahforme.org/
  2. Then scroll down till you see Tehilim Lein and click on the linked phrase which will bring up MP3 files of some one Leining(chanting) the Tehilim (Psalms) in Hebrew


Also, the fabulous  Chanting the Hebrew Bible The Complete Guide to the Art of Cantillation (link) By Joshua R. Jacobson will be of help, too!

 

 

If, you're in need of something cheaper then try The Art of Cantillation, Vol. 2: A Step-By-Step Guide to Chanting Haftarot and Mgilot with CD (Audio) Josee Wolff Marshall Portnoy  this covers the tunes and the musical notation used for chanting books outside of the Torah, like the Psalms.

 


For, Classical adaptions from the Baroque period  you must try searching on Salamone Rossi.

Here are a few of his Psalms adaptions:

 

Haleluyah. Ashrei ish yare et Adonai (8v) Ps.112 -- Milnes Vol.I,

  • Haleluyah. Haleli nafshi (4v) Ps.146 -- Milnes Vol.I,

  • Haleluyah. Ode Adonai (8v) Ps.111 -- Milnes Vol.I,

  • Lamnatseah 'al hasheminit (3v) Ps.12 -- Milnes Vol.II,

  • Mizmor le'Asaf. Elohim nitsav (3v) Ps.82 -- Milnes Vol.I,

  • Mizmor leDavid. Havu l'Adonai (6v) Ps.29 -- Milnes Vol.I,

  • Mizmor letoda (5v) Ps.100 -- Milnes Vol.II,

  • Mizmor shir leyom hashabat (6v) Ps.92 -- Milnes Vol.I,

  • Odekha ki'anitani (6v) Ps.118:21-24 -- Milnes Vol.II,

  • Shir hama'alot. Ashrei kol yere Adonai (3v) Ps.128 -- Milnes Vol.II,

  • Shir hama'alot. Ashrei kol yere Adonai (5v) Ps.128 -- Milnes Vol.II,

  • Shir hama'alot. Ashrei kol yere Adonai (6v) Ps.128 -- Milnes Vol.II,

  • Shir hama'alot. Beshuv Adonai (5v) Ps.126 - Milnes Vol.II,

  • Shir hama'alot leDavid. Lulei Adonai (6v) Ps.124 Milnes Vol.II,

 

Check out (You can find these on CD at Amazon.com or you can listen to them on Youtube

The Songs of Solomon, Volume 1: Music for the Sabbath. Pro Gloria Musicae PGM 108

Salamone Rossi: The Songs of Solomon Vol. 2: Holiday and Festival Music by Rossi, New York Baroque and Milnes (1997)

Salamone Rossi: The Songs of Solomon, Vol. 2 by Salomone Rossi, Edward Brewer, Kathy Theil, Bente Vist and Mark Bleeke (2001)

 

And of course try:

Chants Mystique: Hidden Treasures Of A Living Tradition CD by Alberto Mizrahi

 

 


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