David Hepburn is a retired minister-of-music, choir director, band director, missionary, teacher, and school president, and a fine tenor and trumpeter. His many compositions are a testament to the works of Jesus he has seen in the lives of others and in his own life.
David once said, "I've been writing a lot more songs lately with scripture for lyrics, and it's been working very well. You know, God said 'My word shall not return void,' not, 'your lyrics shall not return void.' If you want to write music that changes people's hearts, why would you try to improve on scripture?"
This piece opens with a brass fanfare, followed by a spoken opening over held chords by the brass. Then comes a Spanish-influenced gallop through the penultimate praise Psalm.
This piece is easily accomplished by choir with just piano, or with any part of the small orchestra for which it is scored. The lyric specifically mentions most of the instruments called for, so whether to use a partial orchestra is left to the director.
The orchestra is two to three trumpets, two to three trombones, one or two cellos, one or two flutes, and percussion (tambourine and suspended cymbal - one player can handle both), and as a bonus option, harp. The piano part (not optional) doubles all of these.
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Praise ye the Lord!
Praise Him in His sanctuary!
Praise Him in the firmament of His power!
Prasie Him for His mighty acts!
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet!
Praise Him with the psaltery and harp!
Praise Him with the timbrel and the dance!
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flute!
Praise Him upon the loud-sounding cymbal!
Praise Him upon the high-sounding cymbal!
Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord!
Praise ye the Lord!
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MP3 sound sample: New Song Singers, 1975.
PSALM 150 by David Hepburn for SATB choir, piano, and optional small orchestra consisting of flute, three trumpets, three trombones, cello, and percussion, comes in a pdf file of 221K, with a twelve-page full score, a six-page choral/piano score, five one-page instrumental parts, and a license page, twenty-four pages in all. Performance time should be about two minutes.
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