Zoltán Kodály: Psalmus Hungaricus

Zoltán Kodály Psalmus Hungaricus
Psalmus Hungaricus

Zoltán Kodály: Psalmus Hungaricus

Opus:
op. 13
Year of composition:
1923
Scored for:
for tenor, mixed choir, boys' choir ad lib. and orchestra
Composer:
Zoltán Kodály
Text source:
bible, psalm 55
Text adapter:
Michael Vég
Original language:
Hungarian
Translator:
Bence Szabolcsi; Edward J. Dent
Choir:
SATB
Soloists:
tenor
Instrumentation:
3 2 2 2 - 4 3 3 0 - timp, cym, hp, org, str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
3rd flute
1st oboe
2nd oboe
1st clarinet in A
2nd clarinet in A
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
3rd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
timpani
cymbal
harp
organ ad lib
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Table of contents:
Psalmus Hungaricus (für Tenor, gemischten Chor, Knabenchor ad lib. und Orchester)
Duration:
23’
Dedication:
dem Publikum der Hauptstadt Budapest
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Work introduction

If I had never studied ancient Hungarian literature, I would never have had the idea of composing the Psalmus, Zoltán Kodály said in a 1963 interview. The name of preacher Mihály Kecskeméti Vég was unknown outside philological circles, and only his 1561 translation of the 55th psalm has come down to us. Kodály set the psalm’s powerful text, enriched with allusions to Hungarian circumstances, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the union of Pest, Buda and Óbuda to form Budapest in April 1923, during a period of creative paralysis.

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Psalmus Hungaricus

Zoltán Kodály: Psalmus Hungaricus

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for tenor, mixed choir, boys' choir ad lib. and orchestra , 23’
Instr.: 3 2 2 2 - 4 3 3 0 - timp, cym, hp, org, str

Next performances

01 Dec

Psalmus Hungaricus

Madrid (ES)

15 Dec

Psalmus Hungaricus

MÜPA, Budapest (HU)

13 Jul

Psalmus Hungaricus

Herz-Jesu-Kirche, München (DE)

World première

Location:
Budapest
Date:
19.11.1923
Orchestra:
Orchester der Philharmonischen Gesellschaft Budapest
Conductor:
Ernö Dohnányi

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