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DOI: 10.5593/sgemsocial2017/62/S25.024

PSALM 150 – TEXTUAL CONGRUITY IN THE HISTORY OF MUSIC

P. M. Coroiu, A. Belibou
Tuesday 3 October 2017 by Libadmin2017

References: 4th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM 2017, www.sgemsocial.org, SGEM2017 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7408-24-9 / ISSN 2367-5659, 24 - 30 August, 2017, Book 6, Vol 2, 201-206 pp, DOI: 10.5593/sgemsocial2017/62/S25.024

ABSTRACT

The inquiry we propose starts from the premise that classical music composers approached the texts of the psalms written almost 3 millennia ago and they rediscovered their meanings in spite of the social, territorial, linguistic, and religious changes which took place throughout history. Analyzing the musical scores of those who appealed to the text of Psalm 150, the aim of our research is to observe the multiple ways in which the psalm is musically represented in the history of music. Despite the different musical styles used or the origin of the creators, Psalm 150 from the Book of Psalms is embodied in the creation of some of the most prolific composers of all time. The study of unity in diversity is another interesting point in our paper: although the text of Psalm 150 is the same, the musical language and the hermeneutic approach are different. The Book of Psalms (the Psalms) highlights a wide range of human feelings in connection with God, which led to the frequent use throughout time of its texts in multiple contexts. The depth of Psalm 150 is a vivid source of inspiration for composers, and its spiritual dimension beckons to praise.

Keywords: psalm, music, history of music, religious.