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“Psalms Sung Blue”

Inspirational Psalm settings


7:30 Saturday, November 13, 2021
St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Basilica, Cincinnati, OH

Collaborating with the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains Choir and its director Matthew Geerlings is always an uplifting artistic treat for both musicians and the audience. King David’s Psalms have long inspired composers over the centuries. George Frideric Handel’s Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110) was written in Italy when Handel was 22 years old, and demonstrates his mastery of counterpoint, melodic invention and dramatic gesture. The piece is a choral tour-de-force and regarded as one of Handel’s finest works. Alexander Zemlinsky’s fantasy-style setting of the popular Psalm 23 (The Lord is my shepherd) is a chromaticized tone-painting of the pastoral setting with God as the shepherd. The last Book of Psalms (No. 150), enjoins everyone to praise God with music and dance. Devout Catholic, Anton Bruckner closes the program with his uplifting psalm of praise, power and glory.

 

George Frideric Handel Dixit Dominus (Pslams 110) St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Choir

Matthew Geerlings, director

Alexander Zemlinsky Psalm 23
Anton Bruckner Psalm 150

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