Kalmanoff ’s The Lord Is My Shepherd was written in 1951. He approached this English version of the text of Psalm 23 in the vein of a romantic 19th- early 20th-century operatic aria rather than as a strictly liturgical expression per se—although nothing in its richly melodious exposition necessarily precludes liturgical use in certain synagogue settings. It captures the quiet drama and steadfast faith inherent in the Psalm.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
In grass meadows He makes me lie down, by quiet waters guides me.
My life He brings back. He leads me on pathways of justice for his name’s sake.
Though I walk in the vale of death’s shadow, I fear no harm, for You are with me.
Your rod and Your staff—it is they that console me.
You set out a table before me in the face of my foes.
You moisten my head with oil, my cup overflows.
Performers: Barcelona Symphony-National Orchestra of Catalonia; Elli Jaffe, Conductor; Alberto Mizrahi, Tenor
Publisher: Carl Fisher
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