Psalms set to Music:
Hymns, Spirituals, Contemporary Christian, Gospel, Jewish Music Styles
Psalms reflect a breadth of expression and purposes. Psalms thus lend themselves to a multitude of musical styles, including hymns, spirituals, contemporary Christian, gospel and Jewish music styles.
The Psalms vary in mood, purpose and style. Some Psalms are deeply religious or quiet prayer. Some are "hymns". Some are lively praise, worship, gospel music. Some are gospels. Some are spirituals. The sheer breadth and range of emotion in the Psalms themselves shape the melodies and songs.
Psalmistry Music provides a unified teaching and religious worship resource using the Psalms as reset in a contemporary Christian and Jewish music formats. Potential uses include teaching, praise, worship, lectionary readings and biblical studies.
This Web site provide sheet music and scores in pdf and nwc formats, overhead lyric sheets, and midi and mp3 files for all 150 Psalms, together with a search engine. All compositions are original and reflect a multiple year effort. The work, however, will never be done. I will continue to revise and add to the music.
I have attempted to summarize the original wording and concept of a Psalm in the lyrics. Consistent with goals of biblical teaching, study, worship and praise, my goal has also been to create inspirational melodies, hymns, songs that stick in the mind and thereby assist in devotions before the Lord God.
For quick examples, click on any of the following: Psalm 115, Psalm 119, Psalm 121, Psalm 124, Psalm 125, Psalm 131, Psalm 133, Psalm 138, Psalm 139.
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Psalms thus lend themselves to a multitude of musical styles, including hymns, spirituals, contemporary Christian, gospel, and Jewish music styles.
Copyright Stephen J. Pearson