On today's Learning to Listen, you'll hear Psalm settings from throughout the history of music, beginning in the 15th century.
You'll hear Symphony of Psalms by Igor Stravinsky, a powerful work he wrote in 1930. Boston Symphony music director Serge Koussevitsky commissioned the work to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ensemble.
Koussevitsky didn't want Stravinsky to write a symphony with chorus, but Stravinsky did it anyway. Perhaps to appease Koussevitsky, Stravinsky made sure to include text from the popular 150th Psalm:
Alleluja.Three hundred years earlier, late-Renaissance composer Claudio Monteverdi wrote his Vespers of 1610. These Vespers feature five Psalm settings.
Praise God in His sanctuary:
Praise Him in the firmament of His power.
Praise Him for His mighty acts:
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.
Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet:
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance.
Praise Him with stringed instruments and organs.
Praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals,
Praise Him upon the loud cymbals.
Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord.
You'll hear Stravinsky, Monteverdi and more on Learning to Listen, as we celebrate choral music with Voices of Spring on Classical MPR this April.
Program PlaylistMontecassino MS 871
Laudate pueri Dominum (Psalm 112)
Konrad Ruhland, cond
Vespers: Laetatus sum
Western Michigan University Chorale
Patrick Dupre Quigley
Johann Sebastian Bach
Motet: Lovet den Herrn, alle Heiden
John Eliot Gardiner
Symphony of Psalms
Psalms of David
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Harmonia Mundi 907311