GENEVAN 81

Harmonizer: Dale Grotenhuis

Grotenhuis grew up in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) and graduated from Calvin College with a music major. He obtained his Master's degree in music from Michigan State University and completed doctoral studies at Ohio State University. While in the Army, he was chief music arranger for the 2nd Army Band and conducted its Male Chorus. Before coming to Dordt, Grotenhuis taught music at Christian high schools in Washington and Michigan. Under his direction, the Dordt College concert choir participated in annual tours that took members throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He loved the church and the music of the church. His favorite song was "All Glory Be to God on High". http://www.dordt.edu (last two sentences from… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Harmonizer: Dale Grotenhuis (1985)
Meter: 5.6.5.5.5.6
Key: C Major
Source: Genevan Psalter, 1562
Copyright: Text and harmonization © 1987, CRC Publications

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Sing a Psalm of Joy

Sing a psalm of joy!
Shout in celebration.
Let the tambourine
and the trumpet bring
praises to our King
for his great salvation.

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GENEVAN 81 was first published in the 1562 edition of the Genevan Psalter; Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) composed the harmonization in 1985. This bright tune in Ionian mode (major) has short phrases, two of which are repeated (AB, AC, CD), making it one of the simplest in the Genevan Psalter. For that reason, generations of Dutch children started their weekly school program of memorizing psalms with this one, beginning with the stanza that included "Open wide your mouth, surely I will fill it." The psalm should be sung with much energy, though the mood shifts between stanzas 5 and 6. The text suggests antiphonal performance: stanzas 1 and 2 to be sung by everyone, stanzas 3 through 7 by a solo voice or smaller group (possibly ending with a unison repeat of stanza 1 by all). --Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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