Listen: Psallite excerpts

Eriks Esenvalds Psalm 67 excerpt


Gavin Bryars Psalm 141 excerpt


Ily Matthew Maniano Doxologia excerpt


J. P. Sweelinck Chantez a dieu excerpt


Stephen Foster Hard Times, arr. Craig Hella Johnson, excerpt


Psallite CD

Psallite CD

An hour-long feast of inspirational choral singing, stretching from the 16th century to the current decade. Features 5 commissioned works from SDG Music Foundation's Psalms Project.

Cor Cantiamo
Eric A. Johnson, conductor
SDG Music Foundation, producer
Divine Art Records CD

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“At the core of SDG’s mission is not only a commitment to preserve the sacred masterpieces of the past, but also a passion to extend the historical continuity of classical sacred music into the future. The Psallite CD brings together both aspects of our mission as an advocate for sacred music.”
—Joseph A. LoSchiavo, President and CEO, SDG Music Foundation

Available for the first time on CD, five choral works from SDG’s Psalms Project are included on the Psallite CD:

Psalm 96, Peter Bannister (France)
Psalm 141, Gavin Bryars (UK)
Psalm 67, Eriks Ešenvalds (Latvia)
Bless the Lord, o my soul, Galina Grigorjeva (Ukraine)
Preserve Me, O God, Daniel Kellogg (USA)

“The compositions of the Psalms Project encompass the full range of the sacred journey. From intensely personal and penitential settings to grand, sweeping, celebratory pageantry, these new compositions both honor the traditions of the past and create new sound worlds in which contemporary audiences can experience the divine.”
—Eric A. Johnson, Founding Artistic Director, Cor Cantiamo

The title “Psallite” is inspired by Renaissance composer Michael Praetorious’s Psallite, unigento, which roughly translates as “sing your psalms.” The CD extends the Psallite concept broadly to include works across the centuries that embody the penitential, celebratory and jubilant quality of King David’s Psalm texts. The CD includes 7 additional works ranging from the liturgical to the traditional, from motets to spirituals:

Chantez à Dieu, J. P. Sweelinck
Exultate Deo, G. P. Palestrina
Doxologia, Ily Matthew Maniano
Hard Times, Stephen Foster, arr. Craig Hella Johnson
Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel, Traditional, arr. Moses Hogan
By and By, Traditional, arr. Carol Barnett
We Shall Walk Through the Valley, Traditional, arr. William Appling

 Cor Cantiamo

The Psallite CD was recorded by Cor Cantiamo, the touring choral ensemble in residence at Northern Illinois University, under the direction of Eric A. Johnson, D.M.A., Director of Choral Activities at Northern Illinois University. The album was engineered by Grammy Award-winning personnel from the famed Abbey Road Studios: Donald Fraser, producer, and Arne Akselberg and Simon Kiln, engineers.

The Psallite cover image is from the Magnificat window at St. Bartholomew’s Church, New York City, created by Hildreth Meière (1892-1961). Photo © by Hildreth Meière Dunn.