Psalm of the Sky SSA

for SSA chorus, piano, and violin

In the poem “Psalm of the Sky,” Rabbi Rachel Barenblat reimagines “The Lord is My Shepherd” (Psalm 23) in a contemporary context. Performers may highlight the many instances of text painting and create contrast between moments of gentleness, boldness, and carefree movement. The last verse of Psalm 23 is included in Hebrew as a coda in a similar style to many prayers sung in Jewish worship; this allusion to Barenblat’s textual inspiration is intended to express the enduring human need for comfort and hope despite changing modes of worship.

Psalm of the Sky was commissioned by the Creative Commissions Project at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, sponsored by the Harmony Fund, and it was premiered by Ensemble X at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati. This work is ideal for moderate to advanced high school, university, and community choirs. It is also available for TBB (the original) and SAB (with parts indicated for any size tenor section).

SKU: SRD-004b Categories: , , Instrumentation:
Voicing: SA, SAA, SSA, SSAA
Language: English, Hebrew
Descriptive Tags: Comfort, Devotion, Jewish, Peace, Poetry, Prayer, Project : Encore, Psalm, Reverence, Worship
Difficulty: Medium, Intermediate, Advanced Student
Duration: 5-10 Minutes
Instrumentation: Piano, Violin


This title is available in print or for immediate download. For both options, there is a minimum required quantity of 8 copies for choral titles. Please support self-publishing composers by ordering the quantity according to the number of singers in the ensemble that will perform the work.

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