Archive for April, 2012

Psalm 23: a Musical Exegesis

I have an article in this month’s issue of Liturgy: A Journal of the Liturgical Conference.

The connection to the lament tradition becomes even more apparent in Hebrew. In a study on the book of Lamentations, Karl Budde identified a metrical pattern of three stressed syllables followed by two stressed syllables in alternating lines, a pattern he called “lament-like meter.”8 It is theorized that this meter was especially suited to the genre because of its asymmetry: “the lack of a third matching accent in the second line brought out a sense of unfulfilled hopes.”9 Lament-like meter is used in all but one line of the 23rd Psalm (verse 4 is written in 2:2 rather than in 3:2.)

The dynamic contrast between the form of the psalm (lament) and the content of the psalm (confidence) is an artistic choice of the psalmist. It reminds me of the “holy sonnets” of John Donne, who began his career writing erotic poetry but later shifted the content of his poems to piety while continuing to use the sonnet, a typically romantic form.

You can pick up a copy here if you are interested.

Lost Website

Hey, everyone~

Due to a server upgrade earlier this week, I ended up losing most of this site and am currently in the process of reconstructing it. Sorry for any inconvenience this might cause you.

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New Music for Advent

I was interviewed by the Episcopal News Service for a piece they did on Advent music. It’s an interesting read:

As inevitable as Advent wreaths and Christmas pageants, music fills Episcopal churches throughout the holiday season. Congregations embrace services of Lessons and Carols and performances of Handel’s “Messiah” as choir directors seek to provide a balance of the beloved and familiar with new works illuminating the miracle of the Incarnation.

Unlike in shopping malls – and some other denominations – the music of December is not Christmas carols but Advent hymns during the four weeks before the Nativity.

Click hear to read the rest of the article.

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