Psalm 129

129A: I Will Sing a Song of Triumph

Performance Notes:

Tune Information:

CAPTIVITY is a traditional Latvian folk tune; it is also known as KAS DZIEDAJA from the Latvian poem associated with the tune. The title CAPTIVITY is derived from its more recent use (especially in post-Vatican II Roman Catholicism) with Ewald Bash's paraphrase of Psalm 137, which begins "By the Babylonian rivers."

CAPTIVITY is a rather reflective tune, almost haunting in its minor mode. It has a stunning octave rise at the beginning of the second long line. The tune is suitable for either unison or part singing. Accompany with modest organ tones or strings (guitars).

 Other Resources:

  • Visit for more information on this song and additional resources.
  • The following are alternative accompaniments for this tune, CAPTIVITY/KAS DZIEDAJA/BYTHE WATERS.

Alternative Harmonization for Organ and Descant Resources:

  • Burkhardt, Michael. Five Psalm Improvisations. Morningstar MSM-10-511 [1997]
  • Fedak, Alfred V. 25 More Harmonizations. Selah 160-729 [1998]

Copyright Information:

  • Words: Martin Leckebusch © 2003 Kevin Mayhew Ltd.
  • Music (CAPTIVITY/KAS DZIEDAJA Latvian melody; arr. Greg Scheer © 2008 Greg Scheer
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