COMPOSER 1945–2013

Opus 22

Psalm XXIII (1963)

for Voice and Piano

Text from Psalm 23

Duration: 3 min.

Recording: Albany TROY1353-54

Premiere: 1965; F. Guterman; A. Rosner; New York University

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I wrote my setting of the 23rd Psalm in three or four days some months before my 18th birthday. One learns the words only too well at funerals, and at that early stage I was suffering from the usual youthful “crush” directed to a certain mezzo-soprano, for whose voice the piece was intended. (Notes by Arnold Rosner)