Nisi Dominus, HWV 238 (George Frideric Handel)

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  • (Posted 2013-07-10)  CPDL #29609:     
Editor: Alessandro Magagnin (submitted 2013-07-10).   Score information: A4, 35 pages, 411 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: This setting of the 127th Psalm, composed at Rome, and completed on July 13, 1707, now appears for the first time in its complete form. Nr 1 chorus SSATB, Nr 2 Tenor solo, Nr 3 Alto solo, Nr 4 Bass solo, Nr 5 Tenor solo and Nr 6 Double chorus.
  • (Posted 2000-09-22)  CPDL #01393:  (Full score)     (Sibelius 1)
Editor: Philip Legge (submitted 2000-09-22).   Score information: A4, 16 pages, 348 kB   Copyright: 2000 Philip Legge
Edition notes: The source (and consequently this edition) lacks the final Gloria Patri for two orchestras and double choir.

General Information

Title: Nisi Dominus, HWV 238
Composer: George Frideric Handel

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB, choir and soloists
Genre: SacredMotetVesper Psalm

Language: Latin
Instruments: strings: 2 violins, 2 violas, violoncello, bass; and keyboard continuo

Source: Handel Complete Works, Volume 38, published 1872, edited by Friedrich Chrysander. First published:
Description: Latin psalm setting composed in Rome, July 1707.

External websites:

  • Free choir training aids for this work are available at Choralia.


  1. Nisi Dominus (SSATB solos and chorus)
  2. Vanum est vobis (T solo)
  3. Cum dederit dilectis suis (A solo)
  4. Sicut sagittæ (B solo)
  5. Beatus vir (T solo)
  6. Gloria Patri (omitted in source; unavailable)

Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 127.