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Psalm 23

By Z. Randall Stroope

SSA choir, Piano snd flute (SSA choir)
Composed by Z. Randall Stroope. Octavo. Alliance Music Publications #AMP 0463. Published by Alliance Music Publications (AN.AMP-0463).

Item Number: AN.AMP-0463


About the music
The composer chose to highlight various key phrases in the Psalm 23 text and to build the musical structure of the piece around these textual pillars. The treatment of the text is like unto someone reading the psalm, and then perusing back through it -internalizing certain words and phrases, not necessarily always in order. As a result, parts of this musical setting of Psalm 23 are meditative, others are triumphant, and still others have the sense of feeling comforted and loved. The Latin word lauda (translated praise) is interwoven into these musical vignettes and plays a major role in the energy that drives the piece. The flute and oboe also give connection and color to the various textual and musical ideas and create a sense of yearning and dependence - one on the other. The listener feels pulled in to the inherent gentleness, yet inner strength of the work.

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  • 5

    Caitlin Goodrow
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  • March 16, 2009 Dr. Z. Randall Stroope's "Psalm 23,"

    This music was wonderful. We sang this song a few years ago at a competition at "Norfolk State University," It was one of the songs that won our high school group, first place. I was so moved by the piece that I was quite sad to put it away and...

    thought that I would never see it again. Junior and senior year went by and then I graduated and left high school. A few days after Christmas I was browsing the internet and stumbled across this website and they had copies of "Psalm 23," I was so excited and had to order a few copies. Many church members have looked at the piece including our music director and we look forward to singing the piece sometime soon. I would also recommend Dr. Z. Randall Stroope's "The Best of Rooms," The piece was new to me but when I read the music and listened to a sample of it, I was touched yet again by his wonderful work.

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    Tampa Bay, FL
  • April 13, 2008 The Most Amazing Treble Piece EVER

    This is the Most incredible piece of music literature ever written in our lifetime. [...]

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