Text Psalm 122
Voicing SATB, organ, 2 instruments
Lectionary usage Advent IA
Price $1.55 (U.S.)
Length 2' 35" Released 5/98
Catalog no. 410-839
Difficulty Mod. easy
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This lovely pastorale, using the first and last portions of Psalm
122, is really a prayer for peace. The gentle accompaniment features
two descanting treble instruments, with parts printed in both
Bb and C for maximum flexibility. The choir's SATB passages are
unaccompanied and not at all difficult.
I was glad when they said to me, "Let
us go to the house of the Lord!"
"Peace be within your walls and security within your towers!"
For my brethren and companions' sake I will say "Peace be
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God I will seek your
-Psalm 122:1, 7-9
"Carl Schalk's short, lyrical
setting of Psalm 122, (I was glad when they said to me, 'Let
us go to the house of the Lord!') is scored for SATB choir, organ,
and two treble instruments. The composer provides parts for flute
and Bb clarinet, but also includes a part for C clarinet. Therefore,
the conductor has the opportunity to use any two treble instruments
available; two violins would work beautifully. The choral writing
is straightforward, and the ranges are moderate, making this
piece approachable by the average church adult choir, or even
an advanced youth choir. There are sections in the middle for
either soprano or alto soloists or section solos, again giving
the piece flexibility in performance. Schalk has set the piece
in a lilting 6/8, emphasizing the gentler qualities of the text
in the choral writing. The piece would be appropriate in any
season of the year and could be used either as an anthem or an
extended introit. The instrumental sections at the beginning,
middle, and end of the composition (serving more or less as ritornelli) are written so that even beginning players could find success."
--Choral Journal, December 2000