26 Apr 2016

Bono and Eugene Peterson on the Psalms

Eugene Peterson is well-known for his paraphrase, The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language, which was published in stages between 1993 and 2002. Bono is an Irish musician and lead singer of the band U2. Peterson and Bono have recently begun a collaboration on the Psalms. What will come of this we do not yet know, but here is a tantalizing preview:


19 Apr 2016

Recovering the Psalms at the Reformation

Take a look at Timothy George's post from three days ago: Reading the Psalms with the Reformers. An excerpt: "The Reformation of the sixteenth century can be understood in various ways, but it was in essence a biblical revolution, at the heart of which were the Psalms." The subject of George's post is the first volume of Reformation Commentary on Scripture, compiled and edited by Dutch scholar Herman J. Selderhuis. This is a compendium of commentary on the Psalms by well-known Reformation-era Christians. The second volume is forthcoming.

George is the general editor of InterVarsity Press's multi-volume series Reformation Commentary on Scripture of which this volume is part.

23 Feb 2016

Psałterz Poznański: Psalm 27

The Psałterz Poznański project continues with this performance of Psalm 27 set to the Genevan tune:

14 Jan 2016

Dr. Bence Vas on the Genevan Psalter

This looks like a fascinating Open University lecture on the Genevan Psalms by Dr. Bence Vas. If only I could understand Hungarian! Any reader of this blog who knows the language is more than welcome to give us a summary of what he's saying in the comments section below.

21 Dec 2015

Albrecht's 'Gloria!'

In addition to the biblical Psalms, the church has historically sung in its liturgy a number of ancient hymns based on scripture. One of these is the Gloria in Excelsis, which is a trinitarian elaboration of the angelic hymn in Luke 2:14. Also known as the Greater Doxology, it is the initial hymn sung in the historic liturgy of the western church, while it is a psalm of thanksgiving after Communion in the Book of Common Prayer. In the Orthodox churches it is sung in the morning prayer office, or Orthros.

Here is a wonderful setting composed by Sally K. Albrecht and sung by a choral ensemble over Speranţă TV, a Christian television station established in Romania in 2003. Note that the time signature is 7/8, a metre commonly used in Greek and other Balkan folk music.

7 Dec 2015

Psalm 29: The Voice of the LORD

Three years ago I came up a fresh versification of Psalm 29 for which I composed two possible tunes, the first of which I determined was not easily sung by a congregation. Here is a recording I made last summer of this text as set to my second and more singable tune, VOX DOMINI:


31 Oct 2015

Reformation: Ein' Feste Burg

Two years from today will mark the half-millennium of Luther's act of nailing his ninety-five theses to the door of the Schloßkirche in Wittenberg, beginning the Reformation. To mark the 498th anniversary of this world-changing event, I have recorded my own arrangement of the Reformer's celebrated metrical paraphrase of Psalm 46, Ein' Feste Burg:




28 Aug 2015

Psalm 23 from the Genevan Psalter

This is my own arrangement and performance of Genevan Psalm 23: