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A Processional Psalm (Psalm 34)

Composer Richard Proulx -- Text Psalm 34
Cantor, SATB, handbells, opt. percussion
Scripture references
Psalm 34
3' 15" Price $1.95 (U.S.) Released 9/94
Catalog no. 410-834  Difficulty Moderately difficult

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"This very interesting piece once again showcases the fact that Richard Proulx leads the way among liturgical composers in his exploration of tonality and form. A solo plainsong chant, accompanied by handbells, gtives way to a four-part chant and then to a more regular meter, with cantor and choir exchanging texts. Proulx's performance notes suggest that the entire piece be 'sung in place, preferably at some distance from the congregation-from a narthex or courtyard.' This may seem far removed from your humble parish, but with a few concessions to your own circumstances and a lot of pitch work from your choir, this will make a striking addition to any celebration which calls for a processional. I see it working especially well on Palm Sunday or for a large diocese-wide event.' -Pastoral Music, April-May 1996

Description A dramatic processional piece that begins in a plainsong style at some distance from the congregation. The procession then sings and begins its entrance accompanied by a handbell ostinato. When in place, the anthem continues with a four-part conclusion and ends with softly played handbell clusters. Moderately difficult.

Anthem text
Open for me the gates of righteousness;
that I may go in and give thanks to the Lord.
Let us go forth in peace; in the name of Christ.
Amen. Alleluia.

I will praise the Lord at all times;
the praise of God shall be ever in mouth.
I will glory in the Lord;
Let the humble hear and rejoice.
Proclaim with me the greatness of the Lord.
Let us exult together in God's holy name.

I sought the Lord;
God answered me and delivered me out of all my terror.
O look upon the Lord and be radiant,
O look upon the Lord and let your faces not be ashamed.
I called in my affliction;
the Lord heard me and saved me from all my troubles.

The angel of the Lord encompasses those who fear him,
and God will deliver them.
Taste and see that the Lord is God, taste and see.
Taste and see how good is the Lord,
how happy are they who trust in the Lord.

Text: Psalm 34

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