Psalm 121

Psalm 121 : Vocal score

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for SSSAAA unaccompanied A setting of the familiar psalm text with interpolations from nature writings by the American naturalist John Muir and by Patricia Hennings.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 20 pages
  • 230 x 300 x 2mm | 61g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • 0193863642
  • 9780193863644

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This is an adventurous piece based on the text of Psalm 121, but with some imaginative additions. The rhythms are diverse and often tricky, the textures complex and the tonality rather liberated; and yet there are some exquisite moments of lyricism. Throughout the piece the word setting is intelligent and expressive. Ultimately, the text and music work together to bring the scene described to life in glorious technicolor. This is a piece to add to your concert
repertoire rather than a piece of service music. It is difficult and would probably need a professional choir but it is communicative and imaginative as well as challenging. * Church Music Quarterly June 2003 * The American arm of Oxford Universy Press is the source of much interesting new choral material which merits the attention of enterprising choral directors. One such piece is Libby Larsen's Psalm 121 . . . Larsen deploys her forces of six-part upper voices with skill and imagination. Particularly effective is her depiction of a sunrise with the music building from a piano unison D flat to a radiant burst of energy three pages later to the words 'Glorious
flood of light, white whoosh of morning arroyo'. Equally effective is the choral sunset, a gradual closing down, which brings the work to a peaceful conclusion. This piece requires confident handling, though it contains nothing that would be beyond the scope of a good youth choir. * Music Teacher July 03 *
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About Libby Larsen

Libby Larsen (b. 24 December 1950, Wilmington, Delaware) is one of America's most prolific and most performed living composers. Her catalogue of over 200 works spans virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral and choral scores. Her music has been praised for its dynamic, deeply inspired, and vigorous contemporary American spirit. Constantly sought after for commissions and premieres by major artists and orchestras around the
world, Libby Larsen has established a permanent place for her works in the concert repertory.
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