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Poul Ruders PSALMODIES
The word has its origin in ancient Greek: Psalmoidia i.e. ‘singing to the harp’, and we find the word again in Psalter, derived from Psallein ‘playing the strings with the fingers’.
PSALMODIES, written for and dedicated to David Starobin, has no specific religious content or aim; the collection of eleven pieces forms a concert-suite, displaying a wide range of emotions; from the jubilant to the dismal, the guitar playing the natural leading part ‘inside’ a chorus of woodwinds and strings. The title and each movement mirrors the variety of moods, from the secular feast of A Fanfare for All to the sacred introversion of A Prayer with Halo.
PSALMODIES opens with a guitar-solo and closes down with one: the rejoicing Entrance for One and the hushed, melancholy Exit for One, thus exemplifying the emotional compass, which I, in an essay on my first symphony; ‘Himmelhoch Jauchsend-zum Tode betrübt’ entitle: Of Joy and Grief. Of Worship and Oblivion.
The three movements for solo guitar (I, VII and XI), along with a short transitional movement, can be played separately as a suite for solo guitar - and are published as such: PSALMODIES - SUITE FOR GUITAR SOLO, WH 30179.
Discography - Psalmodies
Speculum Musicae, Palma / Capricorn, Knussen
David Starobin (guitar)
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19 SEP 2006
Granito y arco iris
Odense koncerthus, Odense, Denmark
30 JUL 2006
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Koncert for klaver og orkester
Seija Ozawa Hall, Lenox, MA, USA
Tanglewood Music Center
David Starobin; Stefan Asbury, conductor
29 OCT 2005
Musikbiblioteket, Odense, Denmark
Den Skandinaviske Guitarduo
07 JUN 2001
Musik Unserer Zeit
"Psalmodies" for guitar and nine instruments is a well-constructed piece full of passion and pretty sounds
Richard Dyer, Boston Globe,8/6/2006
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