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)

Stravinsky - Symphony of Psalms (2/3): II. Expectans expectavi Dominum

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

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


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


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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