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Psalm 137 : Chant for elegy in exile - unison voices

by Becky Llewellyn (2022)

Psalm 137

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Psalm 137 / Becky Llewellyn.

Library shelf no. 782.5527/LLE 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

I have set this Psalm as a lament, an elegy in exile. I have used a mode familiar to ancient Hebrew music to take listeners back to a historical reality and place. We know the first lyrics today, 'By the waters of Babylon' as a catchy tune, but the actual story is very grim. It asks, 'how can we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?' A question very pertinent to refugees around the globe. The end of this Psalm is very upsetting so is shown as optional and can be omitted.

Work Details

Year: 2022

Instrumentation: Unison choral voices, organ (or piano).

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Medium

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Performances of this work

2 Oct 22: St Richards of Chichester Anglican Church Lockleys SA

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