New Sunday Psalms
Composed by Richard Cook, New Sunday Psalms is a modern collection of musical Psalm Settings paralleling the Book of Common Prayer for each Sunday in Years A, B and C.
The refrain melodies are singable, making them easy to learn for Cantor, Unison Choir and/or Congregation with organ or piano accompaniment. The basic structure of each setting follows this pattern; A refrain is created from one of the verses in the Psalm. The refrain is sung first. Then the Cantor proceeds to chant the verses in traditional manner with the refrain inserted as the score indicates.
With rehearsal time always a challenge, these Psalm Settings can be learned quickly, even with inexperienced singers, leaving more rehearsal time for preparing Offertory Anthems and other music. Though New Sunday Psalms are easily learned, they offer themselves as well-rehearsed substantial compositions.
New Sunday Psalms were first used as they were being composed at St. George's Episcopal Church in Laguna Hills, CA, where Mr. Cook is Music Director and Composer in Residence.