Jul 28

Babel (Genesis 11:1-9) – Igor Stravinsky

 

Pieter Bruegel the Elder - The Tower of Babel ...

Pieter Bruegel the Elder – The Tower of Babel – (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Genesis 11:1-9

1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.

3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.

4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

6 And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.

8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lordscatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

Babel, for narrator, choir and orchestra (composed in 1944) by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971). Part of The Genesis Suite, which was commissioned by Nathaniel Shilkret and was premiered on Nov. 18, 1945.

Performed by David Wilson-Johnson, Simon Joly Chorale, Philharmonia Orchestra, conductor Robert Craft

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MP3: Babel / Igor Stravinsky / Robert Craft / Naxos

SHEET MUSIC

Babel. (Kantate nach Moses I, 11, 1-9). For narrator, TTBB choir and orchestra. Text language: English – German. Composed 1944. 20 pages. Duration 7 minutes. Published by Schott Music

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Aug 26

Alleluia, Laudate Dominum [Hallelujah, Praise the Lord], from Symphony of Psalms (Psalm 150:1-6) – Igor Stravinsky

 

Photoportrait of , Russian composer.

Photoportrait of Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 150:1-6 [Latin]

Praise ye the Lord. 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 psaltery and harp.

Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.

Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.

Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

Alleluia, Laudate Dominum in sanctis Ejus, from Symphony of Psalms (1930) by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)


Performed by Yale Symphony Orchestra and Yale Glee Club conducted by Toshiyuki Shimada at Yale University, Woolsey Hall in New Haven CT

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MP3: Symphony of Psalms – Alleluia, Laudate Dominum / Stravinsky conducts Stravinsky / CBS Records Masterworks

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Edited by Soulima Stravinsky. Vocal Score. BH Large Choral. 40 pages. Published by Boosey & Hawkes

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The Gift of Music: Great Composers and Their Influence (chapter on Stravinsky)

AUDIO: first recording of work, in 1931, with Stravinsky conducting Orchestre des Concerts Straram, Alexis Vlassoff Chorus

 

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Aug 19

Expectans expectavi Dominum [I waited patiently for the Lord] (Psalm 40:1-4) – Igor Stravinsky

 

Photoportrait of , Russian composer.

Photoportrait of Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 40:1-4 [Latin]

I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.

Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

Expectans expectavi Dominum, from Symphony of Psalms (1930) by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)


Performed by Yale Symphony Orchestra and Yale Glee Club conducted by Toshiyuki Shimada at Yale University, Woolsey Hall in New Haven CT

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MP3: Symphony of Psalms – Expectans expectavi Dominum / Stravinsky conducts Stravinsky / CBS Records Masterworks

SHEET MUSIC

Edited by Soulima Stravinsky. Vocal Score. BH Large Choral. 40 pages. Published by Boosey & Hawkes

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The Gift of Music: Great Composers and Their Influence (chapter on Stravinsky)

AUDIO: first recording of work, in 1931, with Stravinsky conducting Orchestre des Concerts Straram, Alexis Vlassoff Chorus

 

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Jul 15

Exaudi orationem meam [Hear my prayer] from Symphony of Psalms (Psalm 39:12-13) – Igor Stravinsky

 

Photoportrait of , Russian composer.

Photoportrait of Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 39:12-13 [Latin]

12 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.

13 O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.

Exaudi orationem meam, from Symphony of Psalms (1930) by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)


Performed by Yale Symphony Orchestra and Yale Glee Club conducted by Toshiyuki Shimada at Yale University, Woolsey Hall in New Haven CT

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MP3: Symphony of Psalms / Stravinsky conducts Stravinsky / CBS Records Masterworks

SHEET MUSIC

Edited by Soulima Stravinsky. Vocal Score. BH Large Choral. 40 pages. Published by Boosey & Hawkes

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The Gift of Music: Great Composers and Their Influence (chapter on Stravinsky)

Audio of first recording of work, in 1931, with Stravinsky conducting Orchestre des Concerts Straram, Alexis Vlassoff Chorus

 

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