Psaume de Joie »
« Psalm of Joy »
Durée : 10 minutes
by the « Societé des Concerts de lEcole Nationale de
Musique et de Danse de Saint-Omer », this piece premiered in Saint-Omer
Cathedral, with François Bocquelet as choir-master, within the
context of a series of concerts « Saint-Omer en Musique ».
It was composed for a four-part amateur chorus (Soprani, Contralti, Tenors,
Bass), two stands of percussion and double-bass.
percussion instruments :
Stand 1 : Glockenspiel, Marimba, 2 suspended cymbals, 1 tam-tam, 1 snare
Stand 2 : Vibraphone, 1 tom-tom, 1 kettledrum, 5 chinese blocks, 1 pedal-operated
bass drum (from a drum set).
extracted from the Bible, is the Psalm XXXIII in the « Poetic Books
The chosen french translation was made by Louis Segond in 1874.
Beyond its literary merits, it is out of copyright.
This is advantageous when it comes to using words for a setting to music
: there is no permission to ask, and one can feel free to solve some problems
inherent in french language : specially the « e » mute and
some liaisons between words.
The will of composing music rather easy to sing and perform was always
It is a modal-coloured language.
The polyphony is sustained by the marimba and the vibraphone.
Ask the score to the composer