Psalm 115, Not unto us, O Lord, orchestra only
“Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.”
MP3 format. Orchestra-only version. Duration is 6:54.
The London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Paul Ayres
Music by David Albracht
Orchestra Arrangement by Paul Ayres
Recording and Mixing Engineering by Lewis Jones
Protools Engineered by Jason
Mastered by Simon Gibson
Recorded in Studio 1, Abbey Road
Album cover: James, Jennylynd. Make a Joyful Noise. 2015. Painting. Acrylic on Canvas
Description Psalm 115, Not unto us, O Lord, is the longest in duration of the three songs recorded on May 15th, at nearly 7 minutes. The time signature starts at 3/4, then changes to 6/8 at verse 5 with the choir singing, “They have mouths, but they speak not”, and continues in 6/8 until the middle of verse 8 where it changes back to 3/4 for the remainder of the song. The psalm verses corresponding to the 6/8 portion of this song speak of the inanimateness of idols. Throughout this section multiple trills are heard back and forth in the woodwinds, which are heard best in this orchestra-only version.
Other instruments in this orchestra-only version can also be heard more prominently and clearly with the choir absent. Examples include the muted solo trumpet con sordini at verse 15, “Ye are blessed of the Lord”, the tom-toms in the 6/8 “idol” section, and the piano in the finale playing dramatic eighth-note figures.