Saturday, April 17, 2021

Psalms 98

 So where are we in the Psalms? When I was translating I never lost track of where I was, but now that I'm just reading and pretending to analyse the music a bit, I am not keeping track!

I have not set Psalms 98 - but there is a performance here. Interesting for a number of reasons. 

  • First there are several places where the Letteris edition jumps down to the tonic and the WLC, the text I used from 1000 years earlier, stays on the higher reciting note. 
  • Then the ornaments and the freedom of interpretation the singers give them for the sake of rhythm. 
  • And finally, I see a place where my program inserted an extra syllable. Software doesn't always get it right. (In this case it was not the logic but the data. There must have been an extra space in the word 'ha rx' when this file was created. Fixed sometime in the past few months. I have replaced the pdf and the xml in the music support files directory.)
  • This psalm feels like Psalms 96 but does not have quite as obvious a musical structure. The 9 verses easily divide by 3. 

All the music files are available from the links on the music page. But if you are using them as a shortcut to your first transcription, I would recommend checking them for such alternatives. 

  • We don't know how many spurious silluqs have been inserted for pronunciation of short syllables in later editions, 
  • Ornaments are free to interpret within constraints, 
  • And the transcription may not be 100%. Check it out.
  • The optimum source is the Aleppo Codex. But think musically.

Psalms 98 Fn Min Max Syll
מִזְמ֡וֹר שִׁ֤ירוּ לַֽיהוָ֨ה ׀ שִׁ֣יר חָ֭דָשׁ כִּֽי־נִפְלָא֣וֹת עָשָׂ֑ה
הוֹשִֽׁיעָה־לּ֥וֹ יְ֝מִינ֗וֹ וּזְר֥וֹעַ קָדְשֽׁוֹ
1 A psalm. Sing to Yahweh a new song, for wonders he has done.
His right hand brought salvation for him and his holy arm.
3e 4C 15
הוֹדִ֣יעַ יְ֭הוָה יְשׁוּעָת֑וֹ
לְעֵינֵ֥י הַ֝גּוֹיִ֗ם גִּלָּ֥ה צִדְקָתֽוֹ
2 Yahweh has made known his salvation.
In the sight of the nations, he has uncovered his righteousness.
3e 4B 9
זָ֘כַ֤ר חַסְדּ֨וֹ ׀ וֶֽאֱֽמוּנָתוֹ֮ לְבֵ֪ית יִשְׂרָ֫אֵ֥ל
רָא֥וּ כָל־אַפְסֵי־אָ֑רֶץ
אֵ֝֗ת יְשׁוּעַ֥ת אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ
3 He remembered his mercy and his faithfulness for the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth saw,
the salvation of our God.

~ 3d 4C 14
הָרִ֣יעוּ לַֽ֭יהוָה כָּל־הָאָ֑רֶץ
פִּצְח֖וּ וְרַנְּנ֣וּ וְזַמֵּֽרוּ
4 Raise a shout to Yahweh all the earth.
Erupt and shout for joy and sing a psalm.
3e 4B 9
זַמְּר֣וּ לַיהוָ֣ה בְּכִנּ֑וֹר
בְּ֝כִנּ֗וֹר וְק֣וֹל זִמְרָֽה
5 Sing a psalm to Yahweh on the harp,
on the harp and voice, a psalm.
3e 4B 7
בַּ֭חֲצֹ֣צְרוֹת וְק֣וֹל שׁוֹפָ֑ר
הָ֝רִ֗יעוּ לִפְנֵ֤י ׀ הַמֶּ֬לֶךְ יְהוָֽה
6 With the trumpets and the voice of a shophar,
raise a shout in the presence of Yahweh the king.

g 3e 4C 8
יִרְעַ֣ם הַ֭יָּם וּמְלֹא֑וֹ
תֵּ֝בֵ֗ל וְיֹ֣שְׁבֵי בָֽהּ
7 Let the sea thunder and its fullness,
the world and those sitting in her.
3e 4B 7
נְהָר֥וֹת יִמְחֲאוּ־כָ֑ף
יַ֝֗חַד הָרִ֥ים יְרַנֵּֽנוּ
8 Rivers clap a lapping palm.
Hills as one shout for joy.
3e 4A 7
לִֽפְֽנֵי יְהוָ֗ה כִּ֥י בָא֮ לִשְׁפֹּ֪ט הָ֫אָ֥רֶץ
יִשְׁפֹּֽט־תֵּבֵ֥ל בְּצֶ֑דֶק
וְ֝עַמִּ֗ים בְּמֵישָׁרִֽים
9 In the presence of Yahweh, for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness,
and the peoples in uprightness.
3d 4A 11

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