Stravinsky, Igor: Symphony of Psalms (1930,rev.1948) 23' for chorus and orchestra
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Scoring 5(V=picc).4.corA.0.3.dbn-184.108.40.206-timp.perc:BD-2(1)harps-2pft-vlc.db; NB:chorus should contain children's voices if possible. Abbreviations (PDF).
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World Premiere 12/13/1930 Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels Société Philharmonique de Bruxelles / Ernest Ansermet
Repertoire Note By far the best-known of Stravinsky's religious works, the Symphony of Psalms is formidably devout but never confessional. A double fugue suggests the way of God – not majestically Baroque, but factual, inexorable, Byzantine. A timeless "Aleluia" clinches the final impression of metaphysical grandeur and repose.
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