Symphony of Psalms
`It is not a symphony in which I have included
Psalms to be sung. On the contrary, it is the singing of the
Psalms that I am symphonizing.' --- Igor Stravinsky
Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms is perhaps the most completely
integrated of all Stravinsky's major works and the one which best
defines his sense of the spiritual discipline ('habit') and personal
effacement of creative work.
- The reasons behind the composition of the Symphony of
Psalms. Was this work actually an expression of Stravinsky's
personal faith in God?
- The bare essentials of the work, including its orchestration,
dedication, and premières in Europe and in America.
- How closely did the Symphony of Psalms resemble the
classical symphonic form?
- Not for the faint-hearted! A musical analysis of the work, citing
its architecture and its resemblance to Stravinsky's earlier works.
- The Latin text, with a line-by-line translation in English.
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