Taken from Psalm 17, this is the Responsorial Psalm for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C.
It’s a plaintive song about hoping, trusting in, and yearning for, the Lord’s coming. It is done in a moderate tempo, 3/4 time signature and in the key of C.
- PDF of musical piece (SATB chorus, solo verses + chords)
- MuseScore file of the song
- MP3 file (audio taken from the video) – 3.17 MB
Story Behind the Song:
There’s no real interesting story behind this one. The text is straight from the Lectionary used for Mass. I wrote the music using notation paper which I printed out from one of the free PDF templates online. (Cheaper than buying a notebook!) I put up a RESOURCES page on the blog so you can download all the free tools I use from there. On second thought, there’s a story behind the video. If you’ve been following along these past weeks, you’ll notice the location has changed a bit. I recorded this near the end of a park walkway… because the park services took down the tree I used to sit near for shade. How sad. Now I’m at the mercy of passers-by who may or may not be talking loudly on their cellphones as they walk through the park on their lunch break. 😀
The video (hopefully) shows the ideal format for a sung Responsorial Psalm:
- Play melody of entire response as the intro.
- Cantor sings the response the first time.
- Cantor sings response again with hands raised to signal that the choir and congregation join in.
- Cantor sings verses, while choir/congregation sings responses only once in-between verses.
- Sing the last response twice and slow down for the ending.
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|To Beseech Thee. Photo by The Wandering Angel on Flickr|