Richard Lambert Music

Psalm 42 (Op.18 No.2)

A setting of Psalm 42, v 1–7, 10 & 13-14 for SATB choir, solo soprano and organ

This setting of verses 1-7 and 13-14 from Psalm 42 (from the Alternative Service Book 1980) was commissioned by Rev. Keith Johnson for the Royston Parish Mission in September 1993. It is scored for a solo soprano (from within the choir), SATB choir and organ.

Set largely in a G modal minor, the anthem comprises three ideas: the organ introduction, which is stated four times throughout, with only minor variants; and two psalm chants in traditional Anglican style, one in an elegiac G modal minor, the other in a nobler B flat major (although neither chant ends in its opening key).

The verses for solo voice use melodic material drawn from harmonic elaboration of both psalm chants.

After an uplifting Gloria which utilises a minor - major juxtaposition of the two chants, the piece concludes with a triumphant extended Amen coda in a bright E flat major, with the organ reminding us of the two opening bars in the final fortissimo cadence.


  1. 22 September 1993, Royston Parish Church Choir,(Herts, UK), Adrian Jacobs (organ), Pam Lambert (soprano), Richard Lambert (conductor)
  2. 10 October 1993, Royston Parish Church Choir, (Herts, UK), Adrian Jacobs (organ), Pam Lambert (soprano), Richard Lambert (conductor)
  3. 22 July 2001, St. Albans Church, North Harrow (Middx, UK), John Barnard (organ), Richard Lambert (conductor)
  4. 1 November 2009, Lyddington Church, Rutland. Miranda Heldt (soprano), Peter Lawson (conductor)


This recording of Psalm 42 was produced using computer software called Sibelius: it is not a live recording.


You can view and purchase the score of Psalm 42 from Score Exchange.

If you wish to listen to the piece on that website, select the ‘MP3 file’ link instead of playing the embedded score for better audio quality.

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