Psaume 29 (30)

— May 2024

Opus : 30 / Type d'œuvre : Pour voix seule(s)

The One, the Invisible, the Unknowable.
The Breath, from Him, given to Men.
The song, the nascent word.
The rhythm, ternary like a heartbeat.
The choir, six groups arranged in the form of a Star of David.
Twelve verses. Twelve possible sounds.
Twenty-four singers. Twenty-four notes of ambitus for the women’s voices and as many for the men’s voices.
Four series of twelve sounds slowly exploring the harmonic space, from the mid-range to the most extreme notes of the vocal range.
Pure consciousness at first, in unison, then reflection, the multiplication of voices, then doubt, the loss of reference points, until the stammering, until the explosion of the word and the stopping of the psalm, unfinished.
Then the beginning again, the rediscovered Faith, the joy, the praise.
And the sharing, the breath given again, its echo in the silence.

Difficulty rating: very difficult


Bible des écrivains, published by Bayard under the direction of Frédéric Boyer
David Psalm, translated by Marc Sevin and Olivier Cadiot

Chamber choir, with divisions of up to 24 voices

about 10 minutes
Divided into up to 24 real parts


Editeur : Éditions Musicales du Tremble -