Corrected Proof Copy of Der 23 Psalm, revised edition, with extensive corrections, alterations and annotations in Franz Liszt’s hand, 15 pages, [separate leaves], lithographed music, plate no. 2387, quarto, Leipzig, C.F. Kahnt, [ca. 1882]. Liszt’s changes to this printed proof, marked in red ink in the margins and on the printed staves, include changes to pitch, fingering and layout, as well as musical notations written on hand-drawn staves and comments in the margins: “the f between the two lines, not above.” On the final blank page, the composer pens a 12-line autograph manuscript suggesting that his publisher, Kahnt, advertise his other sacred works, including his Missa Choralis and the 12 Kirchenchӧrgesänge. Liszt writes, “On the back it would be appropriate to announce a few of my works ‘ejusdem farinae’ [of the same type] as follows: ‘Psalm 23 9score for…etc.); ‘Psalm 36 (At the water in Babylon) score (for…); arrangement of the same for organ, by Sülze, 12 church choruses; Choral Mass; Requiem for male chorus.”
This revised edition of Franz Liszt’s musical setting of Herder’s version of Psalm XXIII, Mein Gott Der ist mein Hirt [The Lord is my Shepard] contains some difference from the edition originally published by Kahnt in 1864. The accompaniment is provided here with organ registrations and also differs from the earlier edition in the musical textures.
According to Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Franz Liszt’s composed a number of “choral works which he intended for liturgical use, but the conservatism of the ecclesiastical authorities of the time prevented him from carrying out his aim of revolutionizing church music.”