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Laudate Dominum, or Psalm 117, is often associated with Vespers services, and the services for Easter morning. It is sung immediately following the “Alleluia” on, which is traditionally the first alleluia sung in worship since the beginning of Lent, five weeks before. In Judaism, the Psalm is recited in Hebrew on Jewish holy days as part of the Hallel.
Timothy Michael Powell’s setting should be sung with joy and strength throughout. The Italian musical indications are non-traditional, but through study and discussion, provide singers and directors with opportunities for expression and even deep-devotion.