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choral settings of the Lord's Prayer

I am wondering if any of you have suggestions for choral settings of the Lord's Prayer. 
Our minister is planning to focus on this prayer during Lent.
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on January 19, 2011 3:40pm
I don't know of any choral settings, but I can suggest that Fred Bock did a nice simplification of the famous malotte version.  It would be appropriate to be sung by a choir or even by a congregation.
Julie Ford
on January 19, 2011 4:35pm
It is certainly not appropriate for Lent, but maybe cap off the Lord's Prayer Lenten focus on Easter Sunday with the jubilant Baba Yetu.  Here's a link:
on January 19, 2011 5:01pm
We have used the setting by Joan J. Pinkston and like it very much.
on January 19, 2011 5:39pm
I would recommend Bradley Ellingboe's setting of the Lord's Prayer from his Requiem.  It is available as an octavo published by KJOS Ed.8952.   Rob
on January 19, 2011 5:43pm
Cynthia, I nominate the setting by Kedrov. Here's the music with English text:
And here's a performance in Church Slavonic:
I would point the English text a little differently. For what it's worth:
1. I suggest treating the first "Our" as a half-note.
2. For "as we forgive our debtors": I'd treat both "-give" and the C chord that follows as half-notes and slur that one syllable across them. I'd spread "our" across the next four chords and begin "debtors" on the G chord.
3. I suggest treating the "and" in the phrase "and lead us not" as a half-note. 
4. If you need the acclamation, a pastor or someone else could intone it along these lines:
[on G] For thine is the [A] king- [G]dom and the power and the glory [E] for- [G]ever! (In Kedrov's Orthodox tradition it's "For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, both now and ever and unto ages of ages!")
5. The "Amen" is simply a repetition of the last two chords.
My favorite audio version is by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, directed by Paul Hillier. You can get it for 99 cents at iTunes. It's on "A New Joy -- Orthodox Christmas" (Harmonia Mundi).
Another beautiful option is Durufle's setting, "Notre Pere." It's French, of course, but the music includes an English translation. I've not heard it done in English, and of course something would be lost (as with the Kedrov), but I still think they're both worth considering
Paul Buckley
on January 19, 2011 7:59pm
Wow! THanks so much for taking the time to send these details!  I will most definitely be looking into your suggestions!
on January 20, 2011 10:57am
Dear Cynthia,
I would definitely second the motion for the Lord's Prayer known as the Otche Nash, by Nikolai Kedrov.  My choir, Gloraie Dei Cantores, often uses this to "close" concerts as a benediction.  We have recorded it here: Sacred Songs of Russia.   Listen to track 19 in which this piece is sung in Church Slavonic.. you're in for a real treat!    My hope is that more choirs delve into the beauty and depth found in Russian sacred choral music .  This music was suppressed by the communist regime until the early 90's - and it is powerful beyond words.  Explore the music of Rachmaninoff, Glinka and Sviridov.. just to name a few - gorgeous writing that requires personal investment for choir members!  Best wishes, Estelle
on January 21, 2011 3:31pm
THank yo so much! We do some repertoire of Russiam CHoral music. DO you have an edition you recommend? Or is there only one edition? I will order it to examine it, and can just contact my music store to find the edition if there is only one.
Thanks again!
on February 6, 2011 11:36pm
Dear Cynthia,
I contacted Musica Russica, and they let me know that they indeed sell the church Slavonic setting of the Otche Nash by Kedrov.
Interesting that we had this conversation, because we just sang it this morning at our beloved priest's funeral - what a blessing it was!
on May 9, 2011 11:47am
Dear Cynthia and friends at Choral net,
Paraclete Press will be publishing the Choral Setting (in church Slavonic) of Otche Nash by Kedrov, edited by Anthony Antolini.  It will be available in June.  It is one of the most beautiful settings of the Lord's Prayer that I have ever sung.  I have it memorized - truly a lovely choral blessing at the end of a concert or service.
on January 19, 2011 5:54pm
A couple ideas:
Notre Pere by Maurice Durufle
The Lord's Prayer by David Childs
The Lord's Prayer from African Sanctus by David Fanshawe
Best of luck,
Cameron Underwood
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on January 19, 2011 8:21pm
One of my favorites is the one by B. Cecil Gates published by Jackman Music Company.
on January 20, 2011 6:31am
In my catalog there are three different settings of this prayer. One by me, one by my father, and one from the historic California missions. Here are the catalog entries. Let me know if you'd like to see them. Actually, you can hear the Mission one here:

CP 45 PATER NOSTER  “Our Father”  (SATB double chorus)  3.5min.  (in Latin)                     $1.25

CP 407   PATER NOSTER “Our Father” (R.K.Biggs) 2 versions: TTBB, SATB, in Latin, 1.5min.     $1.00


CP 5f EL PADRE NUESTRO (Anonymous)  “Our Father”  (TTBB)  2.5min.  (in Spanish)              $1.00


Good luck with your search.


John Biggs

on January 20, 2011 8:46am
From the Orthodox tradition settings by Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky are my favourites.
Many settings of the Preces and Responses (for Matins/Evensong) have a setting of the Lord's payer - Sumsion's is gorgeous.
on January 20, 2011 8:51am
I composed a setting of the Lord's Prayer for accompanied soprano solo. If you're interested in seeing it, please let me know. 
- Kathleen McGuire
on January 20, 2011 9:16am
May I suggest to you the SATB a cappella setting of the Lord's Prayer by Leroy Robertson.  It was written, I believe, for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and recorded by them.  I don't remember the publisher, but it is still available. I think it should be easy to find.  A beautiful alternative to usual L's P fare.  Hope you find what you're looking for.
on January 20, 2011 9:47am
Hi - they are very English, but many of the settings of the Preces and Responses written for Anglican Evensong include simple but beautiful settings of the Lord's Prayer, which are ideal for use in worship. The most beautiful, in my mind, is Bernard Rose's setting for Magdalen College Oxford. It is in 4 parts, with the text set very clearly and is one of the loveliest little pieces I know.
Best wishes
on January 20, 2011 11:58am
Take a look at Clare Shore's rather simple unison setting of The Lord's Prayer.
Contact E.C.Schirmer at 1-800-777-1919 for a perusal copy.
on January 20, 2011 12:31pm
Hi Cynthia,
My own setting of this text was recently premiered, and then featured on NPR Nashville's "Live in Studio C."
I'd love to promote this setting a little, so I'd be happy to give it to any ChoralNet user free of charge!
I've attached an audio clip.  Full track for listen/download at my website below.  Please feel free to contact me if you would like the score.
Audio clip (hope it works!):
on January 20, 2011 12:47pm
Flor Peeters wrote a setting of the Lord's Prayer which is arranged both for solo voice and for choir.  A real stunner is the Pater Noster set by Igor Stravinsky ... fondly called his account of "Igorian Chant" ... a beautiful setting! 
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on July 28, 2011 3:45am
Glad to see someone also recommending the Stravinsky.  I once did it right after my men did a gregorian setting to show the relationship.
on January 20, 2011 12:57pm
There is an absolutely stunning 4 part, homophonic version by Harry T. Burleigh in James Abbington's hymnal, "New Wine, Old Wineskins."  It blew me away the first time I ever found it.
on January 20, 2011 3:12pm
Cynthia, I have two versions of it in the Latin: "Pater Noster."  One is for TTB + piano and the other is for TTBB a cappella (basically same setting), which quite by coincidence I finished just late last night.  You can hear a live recording of the accompanied one on my Web site,  Click on the "Sacred Choral" bar, then scroll down and hit the play button next to the title. 
Ken Malucelli
on January 20, 2011 4:59pm
on January 20, 2011 7:44pm
Hi Cynthia, I've written a version of the Lord's prayer for SATB plus piano or organ, which has been sung by a 40-strong choir doing the Anglican (Episcopalian) Evensong service. Not difficult; apart from the time signature of 5/4 (I wanted to see if I could make it sound NOT contrived, and I think it works...). Get back to me if interested.
-Brian Millar
on January 21, 2011 2:23am
I also offer my "The Lord's Prayer" published by National Music Publishers/Fred Bock..........if you like Messian, you might dig it...Contemporary but pious ......Peace,  Vijay Singh
on January 21, 2011 10:31am
Cynthia, you might find suitable "Our Father, Who In Heaven Art," for SAB choir and organ.  I set the "Vater Unser" hymn tune and it is not difficult.  Text is either English or German.  Good luck, chris
on January 22, 2011 12:21pm
Hi Cynthia,
I believe we used the Musica Russica version of the Kedrov, Otche Nash done in Church Slavonic.   However, I could not find it on their website, but you could give them a call.  I don't know if it is currently in the public domain, but I did find this website with a PDF format of the piece.  The only thing I don't like about this version is it's very metered - this piece cannot be sung metrically - it needs to have the flow of the chant - the singers need to have the flexibility and freedom to suspend certain words and cadences, so this could be a little inhibiting for them to see the metered version ..  I hope this helps you.  All the best!!
on January 22, 2011 3:23pm
Cynthia, Like Mr. Shellenberger, I recommend the Leroy J. Robertson setting. Here is ordering information courtesy Sheet Music Plus: For SATB Choir (Mixed Voices). General. Choral. 8 pages. Published by Galaxy Music Corporation (EC.1.1199). It is a wonderful a cappella moment from his larger work, the Book of Mormon Oratorio. The Lord's Prayer is a featured work on several early MTC recordings. I recall a lot of divisi.
For a smaller, 4-part setting, check out Vater unser by the Swiss composer Carl Rutti. You can see ordering information on his Web site:  You can hear a fine recording made by Ian Brown's Cambridge Voices: 1995: Herald HAVPCD 183 (CD info, also available on Mr. Rutti's site.--Mark Mecham
on January 23, 2011 12:19pm
The Prayer contained within Eulogy Cantata may be of interest.
The Prayer is approximately 32 minutes into the choral symphony which is for full orchestra and choir.
(The video is there to display the words the voices are 'singing'.)
Please get in touch with me if you would like to make use of the Prayer, either sung or spoken.
Thank you
on January 23, 2011 4:05pm
Hi, Cynthia.
Mark Hayes wrote a simple but effective setting entitled "Our Father."   Since your choir does Russian music, this may be an easier setting than you were looking for, though.
Chuck Livesay
on January 24, 2011 10:36am
Researching the same subject for a new, small choir (baker's dozen at the most, some of whom are non-music-readers), I was intrigued by the suggestions given in response. I'd already got hold of the Kedrov (sheet music available on CPDL).  Three others took my fancy: the settings by Bernard Rose, Albert de Kler(c)k and Carl Rutti.  Mixed findings - the problem seems to be to be able to find the sheet music although I haven't yet looked at Rutti's own website.
As tuppence worth may I suggest two other possibilities.  Firstly (alas: sheet music hard to find), it might be worth trying Pierre Villettes' setting of Notre Père d'Aix - there's a fine recording of Villette on the Hyperion label...and, astonishingly, Villette is hardly ever heard here in (fairly rural) France or, as I undestand it, elsewhere in France, a situation that another choir with which I'm involved is trying to rectify.  Secondly, if you have a Russian bear on the bass line, Golovanov's setting offers a fine experience.  You can hear it on the Dale Warland Singers CD, Lux Arumque and the music is available from Mussica Russica.
I'd certainly agree that several English composers (aside from Rose) offer scope: almost bread and butter.
Best wishes,
roly brown (France)
on May 19, 2013 4:48pm
Any help on where you can find the sheet music for Villette's Notre? I'm a high school choir director that came across this thread and love his music. I first heard of him when performing Hymne a la Vierge in college. Great stuff!
on January 24, 2011 3:03pm
You might consider the hauntingly beautiful Lord's Prayer portion from Leonard Bernstein's "Mass"
Joseph Valles
Atlanta, GA
on January 24, 2011 6:20pm
Felicia Donceanu's "Tatal Nostru" is a setting in Romanian.  It is a rather challenging work with much divisi.  You might have trouble locating it at a music store.  The publisher is Alliance Publications Inc. in Sinsinawa, WI.  The website is
on January 25, 2011 12:28am
To add to this amazing list:
John Tavener wrote 3 settings of the Lord's Prayer.  All are available from Chester Music.  They are pretty straight forward and very typical of Tavener's writing. 
Another incredible polyphonic setting (in Engish) is by John Sheppard and avaiable on CPDL (it may be listed at Pater Noster, but it is in English)
I also love the Jacob Handl "Pater Noster" (this one in latin!)
on January 25, 2011 3:08am
We have been using a wonderful a cappella version of The Lord's Prayer, which was composed in 1941 by the Latvian  composer Lucija Garuta  as a part of her cantata, "God, Your Earth is Burning."  Our a cappella version was edited for us by our former choir director.  This is a very moving and emotional setting of The Lord's Prayer, and the following information is available at

Lūcija Garūta born 14 May 1902, Riga, Russian Empire – died 15 February 1977, Riga, Latvian SSR was a Latvian pianist, poet and composer who studied with Jāzeps Vītols and worked as a concert pianist. She turned to composing when illness ended her performing career.

A tape of the premiere of her cantata God, Your Earth Is Burning 1943 during World War II captured the sounds of battle outside of Riga Dom. The premiere featured massed choirs conducted by Teodors Reiters while the composer played the Doma ērģeles pipe organ. The cantata was banned under Soviet control of Latvia and was revived in 1990 at the 20th Latvian Song Festival with over ten thousand singers.

More background on her and the piece can be found at

on February 2, 2011 5:40am
There are two more compositions
on THE LORD'S PRAYER I'd like to suggest:
* Lorenz Maierhofer - "PATER NOSTER" for TTBB or SATB or SSAA
(published by HELBLING)
* Lorenz Maierhofer - "Vater unser" from the harmonic and melodious "Vater unser-Messe".
You can sing this choral piece a cappella or with organ and/or 3 strings, with German or English lyrics.
(published by HELBLING)
on February 3, 2011 12:31pm
Why not try the choral setting by Carl Deis/Carl Weinrich published by G. Schrimer? I think that this is the setting we used to sing when I first started singing in choirs many years ago.
Also, you will occasionally find a simple 4-part setting in hymnals such as "The Chalice Hymnal."
on February 4, 2011 2:29am
I have one by John Farmer  1570–1605
SATB A Cappella.  Words slightly different to normal.
Can email.
Andrew  :)
on February 4, 2011 10:17am
Well, you've got enough suggestions for the next couple of decades - but no one has yet mentioned  the 5 voice setting (SAATB) by John Shepperd  (c.1515-1558).  Wonderful, flowing lines - a couple of striking dissonances - well written! 
My Chamber Choir is singing it in our current program -  in which The Lord's Prayer directly follows Henry Purcell's Hear My Prayer, O Lord  - they make a nice pair.  The editions I am using are both from CPDL.
on February 4, 2011 2:13pm
I would recommend René Clausen's beautiful setting, Mark Foster MF2108. 
on February 5, 2011 1:11pm
Oh boy, so many suggestions already, but I don't think anyone has mentioned this one yet, which is gentle, reassuring, and surrounded at beginning and end with a very easy, but lovely baritone solo.  Written for SATB, it is titled "Thy Will Be Done", by Joyce Elaine Eilers, The Heritage Music Press 1975.
   We're going to be using it during Lent.
   This music can often be found at one of the several used choir music online sites.  That's how I fleshed out my copies.
Nancy R.
on July 25, 2011 5:57am
Otche Nash by Nikolai Kedrov, edited by Anthony Antolini is now available from Paraclete Press.  A beautiful setting of the Lord's Prayer in Church Slavonic.
Please feel free to call or email me if you should have any questions,
email: srestelle(a)
call: 800-451-5006, ext. 309
on July 25, 2011 6:33am
Ok, ...Lent this year is long gone, (except what we retain in our hearts and ears !)
But since Robert's comment caused it to come to the page...
Does any one ever do Edwin Gershefski's "Lord's Prayer" anymore?  It is hauntingly beautiful, with just a touch of drama to make it equally interesting/appropriate for church service or concert stage.
on July 25, 2011 7:58am
I have also written a setting for congregational use and would be happy to send you a sample PDF
And, the United Methodist Hymnal includes a fun West Indian setting arr. Carlton Young (Number 271)
Sheena Phillips
Director of Music at Summit on 16th UMC
on July 25, 2011 8:08am
Robert Stone's The Lords Prayer is exquisite-he was from the time of Tallis, Byrd, etc- i do hope this link works, if not, just Google- there's a beautiful performance on YouTube.

on July 25, 2011 10:44am
We have a piece by Joyce Elaine Eilers called "Thy Will Be Done" that contains the Lord's Prayer. The Lord's Prayer portion can be sung separately as a short anthem, accompanied or unaccompanied. The piece in its entirety features a baitone solo at the beginning and end. It's really very beautiful and touching.
Roberta Shimensky
on July 25, 2011 12:59pm
I agree with Lucy that there is a wonderful version by Edwin Gerschefski in C# minor. It is a cappella, with some divisi. I've done it with adult community groups, and it is a beautiful piece.
on July 25, 2011 2:05pm
I've written a setting for SATB (with occasional minor divisi) in 5/4 time, been sung by an Anglican (=Episcopalian) Evensong choir with positive comments. Free to use in a church service, contact me if interested (just let me know if you use it). Easy/Moderate in difficulty.
on July 26, 2011 6:03am
I believe this subject was addressed in a posting over a year ago, yes, posters?
on July 26, 2011 8:50am
CPDL & Google are your friends!
CPDL yielded 5 listings that I did not know but assume are contemporary, plus the three famous 16th century English settings by Stone, Sheppard, and Farmer used at Mattins and Evensong.
There is also a luscious contemporary setting by Michael Walsh (OUP) as part of his Preces & Responses, which is one of my favorites.
Google (Under "sheet music Pater noster") added Tchaikovsky, Willaert, Gounod, Liszt, Krebs, chant and many more.
There is also the Handl (Gallus) Pater noster and the Stravinsky.
Lots to choose from and only a click away!
on July 27, 2011 6:53am
How about the Verdi Pater noster? It's not strictly the Lord's prayer but an adaptation by Dante Alighieri. Lovely and sonorous.
on July 27, 2011 4:00pm
I am particularly fond of the Scottish contrafactum "Our Father God Celestial" to music of Pierre Cadeac. I think it is available in Musica Britannica. It is a pre King James translation of the Lord's Prayer and is just lovely. The version in the monument only has text underlay in the top voice, but you could easily do an underlay for the viols. It was transcribed from a 4 part French chanson.
If that is too much work, there is an absolutely gorgeous version of Pater Noster by Latvian composer Rihards Dubra:
Jeff DeMarco
on July 31, 2011 10:37am
I had a request for the text to "Our father God celeistial." This is from Musica Britannica.
"Our father God celestial 
Now ar we come to pray to thee.
We ar thy children thairfore we call
Heir us father mercifullie.
Nou blissed be thy godlie name
Amongst us all for it is right.
Thair is no uther bot the same.
Whairby mankynd most be saveit.
Thy kingdom come the heav'nlie rigne
Thou rings in us and we in thee.
Thy will be done and haill design
In eirthe as in heav'n inteirlie.
Give us this day our daylie breide
Our sauls and bodies to refresche
An all sic things and we haive neid
Thy trewë kirk fo to redres.
Our debts ar gryt and infinet
We pray thee, Lord, thame to remit.
Lyk as we forgive thame all quyt
Our debters all frelie remit.
Lead us nocht in temptatioun
Delyver us we Thee imploir
From evill and vexatioun
For thyne is kingdom power and glore."
Jeff DeMarco
on July 27, 2011 8:45pm
Mark Hayes has a wonderful arrangement titled "Our Father" published by Brookfield Press. Typically lovely Hayes piano accompaniment, and an optional choral or congregational reading of the Lord's Prayer at the end of the piece.
Rachel Stoddard
on July 28, 2011 3:48am
Not the whole prayer by great fun to do is William Billings Kittery
on July 28, 2011 8:31am
I found in my files a 1935 (c) of Malotte version, SATB with organ arranged by Carl Deis.  At publishing it was G Schirmer Octavo # 7943 and 60 cents per copy.
on August 1, 2011 5:56am
Plamenac's Music of the 16th and 17th Centuries in Dalmatia PAMS 1939:III was Richard Taruskin's source for the 1564(pub) PATER NOSTER by Guilio Schiavetto, which we did in Columbia Collegium.
It is ourstandingly beautiful for 6 voices, of which 2 are in canon at the 4th, appropriate for instruments- of the chant. A powerful, extended work with fine cadences. 
on August 8, 2011 11:07am
The Durufle, in French, is stunning. Dr. Vicki Burrichter
on August 9, 2011 6:43am
There is a beautiful setting by Alan Hovhannes ( that I have used in my church and with my high school select ensemble when touring England.
on June 12, 2012 5:41am
If you do a search on this website, type in The Lord's Prayer, you'll find a myriad of replies to earlier inquiries on this same topic.  Good Luck.
on June 13, 2012 5:12am
If you want to spend a whole day just to visit all the Lord's prayers that are referenced in Musica database ( , go ahead !
They exist in several languages, sometimes with audio file for listening to them, a page of the score, etc...
For instance,  if you search for
Pater Noster   => 366 answers
Otche Nash     => 22 answers
Notre Père     => 84 answers
Vater Unseer   => 164 answers
Our Father, The Lord's Parayer, (associated with language = English in the "More criteria" search form,....
on June 13, 2012 7:40am
I have a setting for unison choir and congregation for violin, voice, and organ and in a minor key which might lend itself well to Lent. I realize you asked fo rscores a year ago but if you're interested in this score let me know~ Heather Seaton
on June 13, 2012 4:20pm
Check out (by title) and search for "Lord's Prayer" and or "Pater noster." You will find quite a few titles from which to choose.
on February 8, 2013 8:27pm
Dear Cynthia,
I realize much time has passed since your original inquiry regarding choral settings of the Lord's Prayer; but being new to ChoralNet, I did noit discover your inquiry until this evening.

If there is still interest, I would be grateful if you would please sample a sweet, new, hymn-like arrangement of an original melody to the Lord's Prayer that I composed.

A portion of the a capella choir version can be sampled at the following link:

I believe you will know in three or four measures whether this composition is of interest to yiou.

If you cannot access this link, please feel free to contact.

Scores are available.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Best rerards,

Robert Ashford
(315) 491-8800

on May 21, 2013 2:14am
Our Father – The Lord’s Prayer (Tertullian, De orat.) arr. Sherelle Eyles

Print music can be ordered from:  please email: dwse(a) (PDF Samples available on request)

Published by Mark O' Leary Music Publishing, 1 Anthony St, Ormond, Victoria 3204

on May 22, 2013 2:21pm
Hi Cynthia:
Here's my setting of the Lord's Prayer that I wrote for a Communion Service.  I actually involved the congregation.
It's a little different and could add variety to your other selections.  The the best part is it's FREE.
Thanks for looking.
Tom Council
P.S. There are other free things on this site.
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