Psalm 69

69A: Save Me, O God; I Sink in Floods

Performance Notes:

Tune Information:

SALVATION is an anonymous tune that was published in Ananias Davisson's Kentucky Harmony (1816), the first Southern shape-note tune book. The melody was originally in the tenor. A rounded bar form (AABA'), SALVATION must be sung solemnly but not too slowly; the half-note rhythms define the energy of this music.

The harmonization was composed by Kenneth John Munson (b. Galesburg, IL, 1916; d. Burlington, VT, 1986) and first appeared in the Unitarian Universalist Hymns for the Celebration of Life (1964) set to three different texts. Munson studied at Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, and received a Ph.D. in music from Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York. He served as chair of the music department at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, from 1942-1981, and was organist and choir director in several churches throughout his career.

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Copyright Information:

  • Words: Marie J. Post, 1985, alt. © 1987 Faith Alive Christian Resources
  • Music (SALVATION 8.6.8.6 D): Kentucky Harmony, 1816; harm. Kenneth Munson (1916-1988), 1964, P.D.
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69B: If You Love Me

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Copyright Information:

  • Words and Music: David Haas (b. 1957) © 1997 GIA Publications, Inc.
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69C: A Responsorial Setting: Lord, Draw Me Near

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Copyright Information:

  • Words and Music: John L. Bell (b. 1949) © 1987 Wild Goose Resource Group, Iona Community, Scotland, GIA Publications Inc., exclusive North American agent
  • Psalm Text: from Evangelical Lutheran Worship © 2006 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, admin. Augsburg Fortress Publishers
  • Tone: © 2006 Augsburg Fortress Publishers
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