Text Henry Williams Baker, 1875
Voicing SATB, opt. brass quintet, opt. timpani, organ
Topic Praise and Adoration, Music
Scripture References Psalms 148 & 150
Price $3.50 (U.S.)
Cat. no. 410-874 Full score 410-875
Difficulty Mod. Difficult
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This joyous festival anthem by Craig Phillips sets original music to Henry Baker's familiar hymn text (based on Psalms 148 and 150). Featuring brass quintet, timpani, and organ, an energetic accompaniment supports the choir throughout (and provides colorful interludes). The choral parts are uniformly easy (with only the most minimal divisi at the end), making this an especially strong selection for a choral festival or other occasion where a mass choir might come together with limited rehearsal.
O praise ye the Lord! praise him in the height;
rejoice in his Word, ye angels of light;
ye heavens, adore him by whom ye were made,
and worship before him in brightness arrayed.
O praise ye the Lord! Praise him upon earth,
in tuneful accord, ye sons of new birth;
praise him who hath brought you his grace from above,
praise him who hath taught you to sing of his love.
O praise ye the Lord! All things that give sound;
each jubilant chord re-echo around;
loud organs, his glory forth tell in deep tone,
and sweet harp, the story of what he hath done.
O praise ye the Lord! Thanksgiving and song
to him be outpoured all ages along!
for love in creation, for heaven restored,
for grace of salvation, O praise ye the Lord!
--Henry Williams Baker, 1875, based on Psalm 148 and 150