14 Nov 2017

Psałterz Dawidów: Psalm 91

Here is a lovely performance of Psalm 91 from the Psałterz Dawidów of Jan Kochanowski and Mikołaj Gomółka:

3 Nov 2017

Psalm 4, Psałterz Poznański

Here is a lovely performance of Genevan Psalm 4 in Polish. This is part of the ongoing Psałterz Poznański project.

24 Oct 2017

Le Psaume des batailles

As we approach the quincentenary of the Reformation, it is good to recall that our Reformed Christian forebears in France, who were subject to persecution throughout the 16th century, adopted for themselves a battle anthem from the biblical Psalter, namely, the 68th Psalm. Here it is sung by unaccompanied unison voices, as it would have been sung at that time:

Psaumes 100 et 138

Two performances of two Psalms by the Ensemble Sweelinck de Genève:


23 Oct 2017

More from the Psałterz Dawidów

A lovely performance of Psalms 127, 22, 91 and 30 from the Psałterz Dawidów, by the Ensemble MORGAINE at the Trigonale 2017 / Festival der alten Musik, 2 September 2017, St Georgen am Längsee, Austria.

20 Oct 2017

Psalm 11, Jan Kochanowski

The Psałterz Dawidów is a Polish metrical psalter translated and versified by Jan Kochanowski and published in 1579. Here are two renditions of Psalm 11 from that collection, the first set to the associated music of Mikołaj Gomółka, and the second set to an apparently more recent composition.



The lyrics can be found here.

17 Sep 2017

Everhard on liturgical psalters

Here is a nice survey of three liturgical psalters by Presbyterian pastor Matthew Everhard:


Here are the links to the three psalters he describes:

14 Sep 2017

Kodály Zoltán: Psalm 50

Over the centuries the Hungarians have done wonderful things with the Genevan Psalms. Here is Zoltán Kodály's compelling arrangement of Psalm 50:

11 Sep 2017

Psalm 150: The Niagara Psalter

I don't know whether Psalm 150 is my absolute favourite psalm, but it certainly ranks near the top. Here is my rendition of the One-Hundred-Fiftieth Psalm from my ongoing Niagara Psalter project:


Here is the text:

                                            Psalm 150

                    Sing your praises to the LORD! Alleluia!
                    Praise God in his temple's court! Alleluia!
                    Praise him in his skies above!
                    Alleluia! Praise him for his deeds of love! Alleluia!

                    Praise his all-surpassing grace! Alleluia!
                    Let the trumpet sound his praise! Alleluia!
                    Praise him with the harp and lute! Alleluia!
                    Praise with dance and praise with flute! Alleluia!

                    Praise with tambourine and string! Alleluia!
                    Praise with cymbals' brassy ring! Alleluia!
                    Clashing cymbals sound his praise! Alleluia!
                    All that breathe, your voices raise: Alleluia!

                              Copyright © 2013 by David T Koyzis