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Psalm 126: A Song of Ascents

Voicing: SATB chorus, a cappella
Text: Biblical
Language: English
Duration: 3:30 min.
Commissioned: for "Home, Harvest and Healing: A Sing for Joy Hymn Festival"
Premiere: Aug. 24, 2003, Minneapolis. Magnum Chorum; David Dickau, conductor.
Published by: Augsburg Fortress, #0-8006-7720-X (2005)
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Psalm 126: A Song of Ascents: mp3, 3:22, 3.2 MB
Performed live by St. Olaf Chapel Choir; Robert Scholz, conductor.

Home, Harvest and Healing

Home, Harvest and Healing: A Sing for Joy Hymn Festival (2003)
Magnum Chorum, on St. Olaf Records (E-2648)
Featuring: Psalm 126: A Song of Ascents
CD available here


"The setting of Psalm 126 by Abbie Betinis (b.1980) is truly striking..."
- Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, September 2004

". . . an exciting new setting of "Psalm 126" by Minnesota composer Abbie Betinis . . . The choirs produce the legendary sound that has come to be associated with St. Olaf; the congregational singing is enthusiastic and robust. Organ and instrumentalists provide skillful support. . . . Beautifully produced, this recording exudes a sense of home, comfort, and joy.
- CD review (Home, Harvest & Healing), The American Organist, September 2005

"Young composer Abbie Betinis writes a work of depth and quality that will reward those who take up the challenge. This would be wonderful music for Thanksgiving or any occasion of celebration — either concert or worship."
- Augsburg Fortress

Psalm 126: A Song of Ascents
Book of Common Prayer

Abbie reads the text before the premiere (mp3)

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
Then were we like those who dream.
Then was our mouth filled with with laughter,
And our tongue with shouts of joy.

The Lord has done marvelous things for us,
And we are glad indeed.

Restore our fortunes, O Lord.
Those who sowed with tears will reap with songs of joy.

Those who go out weeping,
Carrying the seed,
Will come again with joy,
Shouldering their sheaves.

© Book of Common Prayer. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress. Please contact Augsburg Fortress to reprint this text in concert program booklets or in any other capacity.

Performed by:

Arkansas State University Choirs (Dale Miller, conductor) -- Italy Tour 2010
Canticum Novum, University of Missouri - Kansas City, MO
Choir of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr, PA
Choir of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Navarre, MN (Chris Larson, conductor)
Choir of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Atlanta, GA
Choral Arts Ensemble, Rochester, MN (Michael Culloton, conductor)
College of St Benedict and St John's University Chamber Choir (Axel Theimer, conductor)
Magnum Chorum, Minneapolis, MN (David Dickau, conductor)
Martin Luther College Choir (Kermit Moldenhauer, conductor)
New Classic Singers, Glen Ellyn, IL (Lee Kesselman, conductor)
The St. Olaf Chapel Choir (Robert Scholz, conductor)
The St. Olaf Choir (Anton Armstrong, conductor) -- national tour 2006

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