O praise ye the Lord [choral setting]

  • for choir SATB including two-part children's choir (or for choir SSSATB), organ and optional percussion (2 players)

  • Duration 7'


Henry Williams Baker
commissioned by Haven Green Baptist Church, London W5, to celebrate the restoration of their Walker pipe organ, 2003
this piece was awarded first prize in the 2013 Union University Benjamin Britten Centenary Composition Competition

percussion requirements: vibraphone, marimba, kit, side drum, bass drum, toms, mark tree, bongos, suspended cymbals, triangle, 3 timpani


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O praise ye the Lord! praise him in the height;
Rejoice in his word, ye angels of light;
Ye heavens adore him by whom ye were made,
And worship before him, in brightness arrayed.

O praise ye the Lord! praise him upon earth,
In tuneful accord, ye sons of new birth;
Praise him who hath brought you his grace from above,
Praise him who hath taught you to sing of his love.

O praise ye the Lord, all things that give sound;
Each jubilant chord re-echo around;
Loud organs, his glory forth tell in deep tone,
And, sweet harp, the story of what he hath done.

O praise ye the Lord! thanksgiving and song
To him be outpoured all ages along:
For love in creation, for heaven restored,
For grace of salvation, O praise ye the Lord!

Henry Williams Baker (paraphrase of Psalm 150)