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Stravinsky, Igor: Symphony of Psalms (1930,rev.1948) 23'
for chorus and orchestra

Music Text

Vulgate (L)

Scoring

5(V=picc).4.corA.0.3.dbn-4.5.3.1-timp.perc:BD-2(1)harps-2pft-vlc.db; NB:chorus should contain children's voices if possible

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Territory

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World Premiere

13/12/1930
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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