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Zoltán Kodály: Psalmus Hungaricus

  • for tenor, mixed choir, boys' choir ad lib. and orchestra
  • 3 2 2 2 - 4 3 3 0 - timp, cym, hp, org, str
  • Duration: 23’
  • Soloists:
  • 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
    organ ad lib
    violin I
    violin II
  • Choir: SATB
  • Composer: Zoltán Kodály
  • Text source: bible, psalm 55
  • Text adapter: Michael Vég
  • Original language: Hungarian
  • Translator: Edward J. DentBence Szabolcsi
  • Table of contents:
    Psalmus Hungaricus (für Tenor, gemischten Chor, Knabenchor ad lib. und Orchester)
  • Dedication: dem Publikum der Hauptstadt Budapest
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Zoltán Kodály: Psalmus Hungaricus for tenor, mixed choir (SATB), boys' choir ad lib. and orchestra - op. 13 | UE30360

Psalm 55

  • Edition type: piano reduction
  • Languages: German | English | Hungarian
  • Format: 23.2 × 30.5 cm
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-1898-4
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-06755-6
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Kodály's composition has been printed in many editions since its first publication in 1924. The corrections, changes and improvements that were undertaken over the years partially in printed editions but also sometimes only in manuscript, seemed to require a thorough revision of the work. For the new corrected edition all sources which could be found in the archives of Universal Edition, Vienna, and the Kodály Archivum Budapest have been consulted. This newly-revised edition represents the definitive version of the work since the overriding principle was to fulfill all of the composer's intentions. The preface of Aladár Tóth (1898-1968), a brief characterization and evaluation of Kodály's works, as well as an introduction to the music and text of the "Psalmus Hungaricus", was already printed in the first edition in 1924. These should serve to help us understand the work better, to appreciate its value, and Kodály's great art. (Imre Sulyok)

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  • Psalmus Hungaricus (für Tenor, gemischten Chor, Knabenchor ad lib. und Orchester)

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