Commissioned by Rev. Joseph J. Clemente in honor of the linkage and
merger of St. Cecilia and Our Lady of Peace Parishes in the Diocese of
Syracuse, New York. This easily learned and dignified musical setting of
the ordinary parts of the Mass allows a congregation to express its
faith and devotion simply with organ accompaniment or with greater
solemnity with the addition of woodwinds and brass.
Choral score includes parts for SATB choir and organ. Full score is a conductor score for the instrumentation of Flute, Bb Clarinet,2 Bb Trumpets, 2 Trombones, Timpani, SATB Choir, Congregation and Organ. Instrumental parts will be sent as a printable PDF.
One of the refrains that has survived from my first set of psalms written in 1995 with psalm tone and verses from the new Revised Grail Psalter. The choir is in a new location for this Mass, just over my right shoulder in the front area of the upper sanctuary. We have previously been in the back area of the upper sanctuary much closer to the organ.
Recorded live 2 April 2016 (iPhone)
Cathedral of Mary Our Queen
Psalm 103 with the response “The Lord is kind and merciful,” appears several times in the lectionary cycle. This was recorded at a wedding, so the small congregation is hard to hear. Only two verses are included in this video because the lack of memory on my iPhone prevented me from capturing the entire psalm setting.
The latest volume of the Audubon Park Psalter includes settings of each of the psalms from the Roman Catholic lectionary for weddings and funerals. This volume is currently in pre-production and will be available soon.
This responsorial psalm is built over a simple two-chord progression. The refrain melody is composed to fit over the chords, and while there are verses written out in the score, the cantor (as demonstrated here) is free to improvise the melody for each of the verses.
This video was recorded at the Easter Vigil which begins in darkness, so the lighting is very dim. Sadly, my iPhone ran out of memory, so I am only able to share the first verse here.
The music for this composition is included in the Feasts and Solemnities volume of the Audubon Park Psalter.