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Psalm 120, Cor van Dijk

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Uploaded by: FredM (10/24/18)
Composer: Cor van Dijk
Sample Producer: Sonus Paradisi
Sample Set: Utrecht - Dom, Bätz Organ
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Hymn
Beside the version of Marco den Toom is here here the version of Cor van Dijk. I got the vision to play the "Songs of Ascention", Psalm 120- 134. Most of these psalms I already uploaded, but most of them are played on the Stahlhuth/Jan organ, So I played the set on the Bätz organ of Utrecht.

In the Book of Psalms, each song has an individual heading. Some headings are actually the name of the author, such as in “A Psalm of Asaph” (Psalm 50). Others begin with musical instructions, for example “For the Leader; with string-music. A Psalm, a Song” (Psalm 67). But then we come to a distinct group of 15 psalms (numbers 120-134) that all open with the title “A Song of Ascents.” What does this mean?

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In the original Hebrew this is Shir Ha-Ma’alot. There are two theories about the meaning of the term ma’alot (מעלות) or “ascents.” The first is that this refers to the ascent – both topographical and spiritual – to Jerusalem, which thousands of Jewish pilgrims made on the festivals in the days of the Temple. The travelers sang these songs on the walk up the steep roads leading to the Holy City to make the journey easier.

Ascend with Biblical Hebrew
A second theory is that the word ma’alot refers to the “steps” ascending to the Temple (Ezek. 40:6). The Levites, whose job it was to provide musical accompaniment to the priestly sacrifices, would sing these 15 psalms as they walked up the 15 steps to the sacred House of the Lord.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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