Apr 21

The Lord is my shepherd (Psalm 23:1-6) – John Rutter


Psalm 23 is often referred to as the Shepherd'...

Psalm 23 is often referred to as the Shepherd's psalm. (Image via Wikipedia)

Psalm 23:1-6

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

The Lord is my shepherd (1976, from Requiem) by John Rutter (b. 1945)

Performed by the Monteverdi Choir Würzburg with conductor Matthias Beckert in the Augustinerkirche


MP3: The Lord is my shepherd; Cambridge Singers

For SATB choir and organ / ensemble / orchestra. Mixed Voices. 12 pages. Duration 5′. Published by Oxford University Press

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Apr 20

Lord, let me know mine end (Psalm 39:4-7,12-13) – Maurice Greene


Detail of Maurice Greene; John Hoadly, by Fran...

Detail of Maurice Greene; John Hoadly, by Francis Hayman. See source website for additional information. (Image via Wikipedia)

Psalm 39:4-7,12-13

LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am.

Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.

Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.

And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.

13 O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.

 Lord, let me know mine end (year unknown) by Maurice Greene (1696-1755)

Performed by Bledlow Choir at Southwell Minster


MP3: Lord let me know mine end; The Choir of Christ’s College


Arranged by Richard Lyne. For SS solo voices, SATB choir and organ/strings. Church Music Society publications. Published by Oxford University Press


Choral Public Domain Library

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Apr 18

Bringt her dem Herren [Bring to the Lord] (Psalm 29:1-2) – Heinrich Schütz


Heinrich Schütz, c. 1650-1660 (Leipzig), by Ch...

Heinrich Schütz, c. 1650-1660 (Leipzig), by Christoph Spetner (Image via Wikipedia)

Psalm 29:1-2 [German] plus additional text

Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength.

Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

Bringt her dem Herren, SWV 283, from Kleine geistliche Konzerte I (op. 8, Leipzig, 1636) by Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)

Performed by Sofia Gvirts (mezzo-soprano), Olga Tchumikova (organ)


MP3: Bringt her dem Herren; Concerto Vocale


Choral Public Domain Library


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Apr 17

Confitebor tibi Domine [I will praise thee, O Lord] (Psalm 111:1,3-10) – Jan Zelenka


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Unconfirmed appearance of Jan Dismas Zelenka in composite sketch (Image via Wikipedia)

Psalm 111:1, 3-10 [Latin]

Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.

He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.

He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.

The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.

They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.

He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.

10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

Confitebor tibi Domine (1729) by Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745)

Performed by Visegrad Baroque Orchestra, Ars Brunensis Chorus, Conductor Marek Stryncl, Bajo Tomás Král


MP3: Confitebor tibi Domine; Olaf Bär, Virtuosi Saxoniae, Ludwig Güttler


Edited by Volker Kalisch. Arranged by Paul Horn. For Bass Solo, 2 Violins, Basso continuo. 32 pages. Duration 10 min. Published by Carus Verlag


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