Stravinsky, Igor : Symphony of Psalms (1930,rev.1948)  23'

for chorus and orchestra

Music Text

Vulgate (L)

5(V=picc).4.corA.0.3.dbn-; NB:chorus should contain children's voices if possible
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World Premiere
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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