"It seems to me that to organize on the basis of feeding people or righting social injustice and all that is very valuable. But to rally people around the idea of modernism, modernity, or something is simply silly. I mean, I don't know what kind of a cause that is, to be up to date. I think it ultimately leads to fashion and snobbery and I'm against it."
Jack Levine: January 3, 1915 – November 8, 2010
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Leonard Bernstein - Chichester Psalms
Soloist from the Vienna Boys' Choir Wiener Jeunesse-Chor Israel Philarmonic Orchestra Leonard Bernstei
It seems kind of unfair that they don't name the soloist, as far as I'm concerned, his solo makes the piece. And the harpists, as well. Just in case anyone was wondering what I was talking about in another post on Monday, here it is. I think the second movement is probably the one most recognizable to the people who are aware of any of the piece. It does just slip in under the fifty-year mark, this July is the anniversary of its first performance. Leonard Berstein was notorious for being really self indulgent with other peoples' music but he has to be considered the authoritative interpreter of his own music. And it is a pretty good performance of one of his best pieces. Here's the text from a website. Part I Psalm 108, verse 2 (Maestoso ma energico) Urah, hanevel, v'chinor! Awake, psaltery and harp! A-irah shahar! I will rouse the dawn! Psalm 100 (Allegro molto) Hariu l'Adonai kol haarets. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord all ye lands. Iv'du et Adonai b'simha. Serve the Lord with gladness. Bo-u l'fanav bir'nanah. Come before his presence with singing. D'u ki Adonai Hu Elohim. Know ye that the Lord, He is God. Hu asanu, v'lo anahnu. It is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves Amo v'tson mar'ito. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Bo-u sh'arav b'todah, Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, Hatseirotav bit'hilah, And into His courts with praise. Hodu lo, bar'chu sh'mo. Be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. Ki tov Adonai, l'olam has'do, For the Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting. V'ad dor vador emunato. And His truth endureth to all generations. Part II Psalm 23 (Andante con moto, ma tranquillo) Adonai ro-i, lo ehsar. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. Bin'ot deshe yarbitseini, He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, Al mei m'nuhot y'nahaleini, He leadeth me beside the still waters, Naf'shi y'shovev, He restoreth my soul, Yan'heini b'ma'aglei tsedek, He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness, L'ma'an sh'mo. For His name's sake. Gam ki eilech Yea, though I walk B'gei tsalmavet, Through the valley of the shadow of death, Lo ira ra, I will fear no evil, Ki Atah imadi. For Thou art with me. Shiv't'cha umishan'techa Thy rod and Thy staff Hemah y'nahamuni. They comfort me. Psalm 2, verses 1-4 (Allegro feroce) Lamah rag'shu goyim Why do the nations rage, Ul'umim yeh'gu rik? And the people imagine a vain thing? Yit'yats'vu malchei erets, The kings of the earth set themselves up, V'roznim nos'du yahad And the rulers take counsel together Al Adonai v'al m'shiho. Against the Lord and against His anointed. N'natkah et mos'roteimo, Saying, let us break their bonds asunder, Yoshev bashamayim He that sitteth in the heavens Yis'hak, Adonai Shall laugh, and the Lord Yil'ag lamo! Shall have them in derision!
Psalm 23, continued (Meno come prima) Ta'aroch l'fanai shulchan Thou preparest a table before me Neged tsor'rai In the presence of mine enemies, Dishanta vashemen roshi Thou anointest my head with oil, Cosi r'vayah. My cup runneth over. Ach tov vahesed Surely goodness and mercy Yird'funi kol y'mei hayai Shall follow me all the days of my life, V'shav'ti b'veit Adonai And I will dwell in the house of the Lord L'orech yamim. Forever. Part III Psalm 131 (Peacefully flowing) Adonai, Adonai, Lord, Lord, Lo gavah libi, My heart is not haughty, V'lo ramu einai, Nor mine eyes lofty, V'lo hilachti Neither do I exercise myself Big'dolot uv'niflaot In great matters or in things Mimeni. Too wonderful for me. Im lo shiviti Surely I have calmed V'domam'ti, And quieted myself, Naf'shi k'gamul alei imo, As a child that is weaned of his mother, Kagamul alai naf'shi. My soul is even as a weaned child. Yahel Yis'rael el Adonai Let Israel hope in the Lord Me'atah v'ad olam. From henceforth and forever. Psalm 133, verse 1 Hineh mah tov, Behold how good, Umah nayim, And how pleasant it is, Shevet ahim For brethren to dwell