Psalm 23

Composed by Z. Randall Stroope
Voicing: SSA
Instrumentation: Piano snd flute
Catalog number: AMP 0463
Price: $2.20


About the music
The composer chose to highlight various key phrases in the Psalm 23 text and to build the musical structure of the piece around these “textual pillars.” The treatment of the text is like unto someone reading the psalm, and then perusing back through it –internalizing certain words and phrases, not necessarily always in order. As a result, parts of this musical setting of Psalm 23 are meditative, others are triumphant, and still others have the sense of feeling comforted and loved. The Latin word “lauda” (translated “praise”) is interwoven into these musical vignettes and plays a major role in the energy that drives the piece. The flute and oboe also give connection and color to the various textual and musical ideas and create a sense of yearning and dependence – one on the other. The listener feels “pulled in” to the inherent gentleness, yet inner strength of the work.

Z. Randall Stroope
is an American composer, conductor and university professor ( His compositions are frequently heard on internet media, as well as on programs of esteemed ensembles throughout the world. Randall has published 165 works, having studied with Cecil Effinger and Normand Lockwood - both students of the famous French teacher, Nadia Boulanger. He is the Artistic Director of two summer music festivals in Europe, has annual conducts at Carnegie Hall, Chicago Orchestra Hall, and several halls in Europe. He has lead music at Vatican mass eight times. (See for a complete biography and list of works.)

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