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“Psalms of Joy & Praise”, Opus 33 for S.A.T.B. Acappella Choir


This arrangement is commissioned by Aleta King Director of Avondale Conservatorium, for the Avondale Singers.


The commission for an S.A.T.B. version of my acapella S.S.A.A. choral work “Psalms of Joy” (1997), has inspired mee to make compositional changes. It has also given me freedom in thought especially harmonically.


A feature of this musical composition is a vocal “bell-tolling” motif, which is sung to the word “joy”. This “joy” motif rings through the choir in the opening section, and then later as an effective coda to the work.


The lyrics I selected from the Biblical Psalms. I chose words of joy, rejoicing and praise. These are taken from Psalms 9:11; 81:1; 33:1, 3, 6, 9; and 96:11-13. In the second half “a new song” leads into the creation of the world. This is then followed by the “joy” motif coda.



“Psalms of Joy & Praise” (S.A.T.B.) 2020

Music by Rosalind Carlson OAM

Words: Biblical Psalms



Make a joyful sound,

Joy, Sing Alleluia

Sing a joyful song unto the Lord.

Sing praises unto the Lord,

Sing praises unto the Lord,

Sing unto the Lord, praises with joy.


Rejoice in the Lord,

Sing unto Him a new song;

For by the word of the Lord

Were the heavens made;

For He spoke and it was done;

He commanded, and it stood fast.


Let the heavens rejoice,

Let the earth be glad;

Let the sea roar,

Let the field be joyful,

Before the Lord.



Suitability: Highly recommended for Tertiary, Cathedral and Church Choirs.