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O Be Joyful-COLOR COVER SCANA celebratory setting of Psalm 100 with rhythmic energy and colorful textures, O Be Joyful beautifully captures the unbounded joy found in this beloved Psalm’s text. Ideal for most any religious feast or festival day… or for your next concert.

When programming O Be Joyful for a concert, consider the complete triptych,
Into His Courts With Praisewhich includes:

Voicing: SATB
Accompaniment: 1. Organ with optional tpt. and/or timp. (provided in choral score)
2. Chamber Orchestra: flute, oboe, tpt, timp, harp, strings
3. Full Orchestra: 2*222 - 2230 timp, 2 perc., harp, strings
Duration: 3 min. 20 sec.
Text: Psalm 100 (Book of Common Prayer)
Difficulty: Medium-Difficult

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Recommended Program Order

In lieu of the triptych order found on the front of the choral score, the recommended order when programming the entire triptych is:

  1. Lift Up Your Heads
  2. O Holy Jesus
  3. O Be Joyful

A Programming Idea

The full orchestra version of this triptych and the orchestra accompaniment for the work Psalm 150 are identical. (To be clear, Psalm 150 is not part of this triptych.) If you are looking for a rousing concert closer, the addition of Psalm 150 will not disappoint. (This title is not yet in the catalog, please click here for more information.)

Notes on the Accompaniment Versions

Organ only: The work may be performed with only keyboard accompaniment as found in the choral score. Although it has been written with organ in mind (down stems in the bass clef indicate the pedal line), piano will work as well.

Organ, trumpet and timpani: Using both the trumpet and the timpani for this version is ideal, but either can be omitted. Both parts are included in the choral score.

Chamber Orchestra: Ideal for small budgets and small spaces, this version has been scored to create a powerful sonic punch with only a few instruments.  (The Chamber Version can be heard in the audio found on the “View Score and Listen” page.)

Full Orchestra: This version is ideal for larger choirs and dramatically expands the timbral palette.
2*222 – 2230 timpani, 2 percussion**, harp, strings (If interested in the full orchestra version, please contact us.)

*Flute 2 doubles on piccolo, oboe 2 doubles on english horn
**Percussion 1=glockenspiel; Percussion 2=susp cymbal, tambourine, triangle

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