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Help with Psalm Chants

 

Over recent months I have come to realize that Anglican chant is not beyond even someone as unmusical as I am. And since this is a way of musically glorifying the actual words of the Psalter without changing them in order to make them fit the demands of a particular metre or rhyme then this is something to attend to with real seriousness.

 

Most published (audio and book) forms of English Psalm Chants use the Coverdale translation which is found in the Book of Common Prayer. For a modern translation of the Psalms pointed for chanting a great place to go is to the RSCM Common Worship Psalter with Chants (RSCM Press, 2002). It seems to me to be a truly fine piece of work.

 

Because I am not a very musical sort of fellow I need help remembering and recognizing the chants as printed in the Psalter.For that reason, with help from my Helper, I have made recordings of the 202 chants used in the Psalms section of the RSCM Common Worship Psalter with Chants  in order to act as prompts.

 

The recording quality is poor and in the background, above the hiss of the cheap recording equipment, the sounds of coughing children, barking dogs, buzzing flies and suchlike can be heard. We knocked out the recordings in a week one after the other, 20-30 chants per sitting. No practice, just straight sight-reading (hence the variable speed!).We ran through them one after another and picked them up on a handheld MP3 recorder. This haste and mediocrity bring significant advantages:

-          No room for perfectionism. Things do not have to be well done to be useful. Anything, however poor, which moves us on an inch in the matter of chanting Psalms is good news.

-          No doubt about purpose: the recordings are musical prompts for unmusical learners like myself rather than anything more pretentious.

-          No possibility of thinking that something like this could constitute a commercial threat to anyone.

 

Further resolved that copyright should not be an issue, I do not provide the music here, nor the words of the Common Worship translation of the Psalms, nor an indication as to which chant goes with which Psalm. (The chants are in the order in which they are found in RSCM Common Worship Psalter but for many Psalms more than one chant is provided.)  This being so, to the extent that these prompts are any use at all, they will only be useful alongside the RSCM Common Worship Psalter with Chants  RSCM Press, 2002).

 

 

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SINGLE ZIP FILE OF ALL 202 CHANTS