Friday, December 7, 2012

The importance of the Psalms

In the carnival I emphasized the Psalms as th'essentiall in the words of John Donne.  David Koyziz this month is sharing psalms in a way that begins to hear the singing of psalms from around the world.

If anyone is troubled, ... let them sing a psalm James 5:13. Or more specifically  perhaps Ephesians 5:19.

David has posted psalms today (with words) from Korea to Hungary. He also posts quite a few without words - from his Geneva psalms collection.

I wonder in how many countries I could find psalm singing, and in how many languages?  There's a lot of noise in a Google search - I am going to have to be shrewd.

Of course there are all those recordings of the interpretation of the te'amim according to Suzanne Haik Vantoura. I suspect there are about 50 online - but all in Hebrew.  That's OK, but not achieving much of a worldwide audience.

Then there are polyphonic and classical snippets of psalms from Weelkes to Rutter. In the Western tradition these are largely English, Latin, German, and other European languages.

What could be found and shared with a useful result? I have recovered first all the utube posts that I could from my prior posts over the last 6 years. I will do some more research - if you have favorite psalm settings, please let me know in a comment. [the list below has empty links - only click the ones with a name following.]

1 SHV 2 Handel 3 Purcell 4 Clemens non Papa 5 Wesley (Oxford) 6+7 Der Universitätschor Innsbruck 8 Mt Athos 9 in Dutch 10 James Faux - film+score 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 SHV 20 21 Boyce 22 23 Bernstein 23 SHV 24 SHV 25 26 27 SHV 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 RVW 35 36 37 38 39 Greene 40 41 42 Howells 43 44 45 Handel 46 47 Gibbons 48 McKie 49 50 AC 51 Allegri 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62-SHV 63 Purcell 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 Monteverdi 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 Brahms 85 86 87 88 89 Handel 90 Bairstow 91 AC 91 SHV 92 93 94 95 96 SHV 97 98 SHV 99 100 SHV 101 102 Purcell 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 Handel 111 112 Vivaldi 113 SHV 114 AC 115 Mendelssohn 116 117 Bach 118 119 120 121 AC 121 SHV 122 Parry 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 SHV 131 132 Weelkes 133 Pop rock 134 135 136 137 SHV 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 SHV 149 150 Rutter