The Plainsong Psalter

James Litton, ed.

Jan/1988, 320 Pages, HARDCOVER, 7x10

ISBN-13: 9780898691627

The one hundred fifty psalms of David set to plainsong psalm tones with antiphons as selected and compiled by Howard E. Galley, Jr. and published in The Psalter section of his The Prayer Book Office (The Seabury Press, New York, 1980, Out of print).  Where no antiphons exist in that resource, editor James Litton has followed the work of Dr. Richard Crocker and Ronald Haizlip in the Gradual Psalms (Church Publishing, 1981) both in choice of psalm tone and method of pointing or other current resources.

This psalter is intended for use in the Daily Office.

Contains a preface, an introduction and performance notes. The Appendix also contains examples of the psalm tones and their various endings.

James Litton is one of American’s best known choral conductors, a specialist in children’s choral techniques, a teacher and scholar, and a church musician and organist. He has conducted choral and orchestral works and presented seminars and workshops throughout the world.

Dr. Litton conducted The American Boychoir in 49 states and 12 nations in more than 2,000 concerts during his 14-year tenure as Music Director. Following his retirement from The American Boychoir School, he has served as interim Music Director of Washington National Cathedral and the St. Olaf College Choir.

Dr. Litton was head of Church Music and was Assistant Professor of Organ at Princeton Theological Seminary and Visiting Lecturer at Virginia Theological Seminary and The University of the South. He has been Organist and Director of Music at Trinity Church, Princeton, New Jersey, and St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City. He was a member of the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Church Music, and was a contributing member of the committee which produced The Hymnal 1982. Dr. Litton has edited several books and collections of liturgical music and has published more than fifty articles in professional journals. He is a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music.

 

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