Melodies for the Polish Psalter

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Venue Streamed event
Address Polska
Tags Classical
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Event website www.operakrolewska.pl…

Livestream from the Royal Theatre in the Old Orangery at the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw organized by the Polish Royal Opera.

Melodies for the Polish Psalter by Mikołaj Gomółka are among the most important treasures of Polish Renaissance musical culture. The work has survived to the present day thanks to the Cracow edition of 1580, one of the first attempts at musicalizing the Polish language. The use of Jan Kochanowski’s translation of the psalms makes this an exceptional work in terms of both text and music.

Born in Sandomierz, the future composer spent several years in service at the court of King Zygmunt August. He therefore had the opportunity not only to gain experience as an instrumentalist at the most interesting cultural center in the Republic of Poland, but also to meet the most important Polish composers of the day. The collection of 150 four-voice compositions was, however, written after he had left the court. The initiator of this original project was most probably Bishop Piotr Myszkowski, Kochanowski’s protector and a lover of native speech and music. Gomółka’s four-voice psalms perfectly fulfill the role of a “universal work”. Despite the religious text they were not meant to serve the liturgy, but rather to be used for common home music performance. Various melodic, rhythmic or harmonic solutions, in accordance with Renaissance custom, reflect the general character of the pieces, but also the meaning of individual words as well as small rhythmic values illustrating expressions connected with fast movement.


Program:

  • Psalms in instrumental renditions:
    • 16 O, który siedzisz na wysokim niebie
    • 4 Wzywam Cię, Boże
  • Psalm 6 Czasu gniewu i czasu swej zapalczywości
  • Psalm 142 Pana wołam, Pana proszę
  • Psalms in instrumental renditions:
    • 86 Nakłoń o Panie uszu swoich
    • 53 Głupi mówi o sercu swoim
    • 83 Boże, moja nadziejo
  • Psalm 32 Szczęśliwy, komu grzechy odpuszczono
  • Psalm 22 Boże, czemuś mię opuścił
  • Psalms in instrumental renditions:
    • 11 Panu ja ufam
    • 20 Wsiadaj z dobrym sercem
    • 28 Królu niebieski
  • Psalm 51 Boże w miłosierdziu swoim nieprzebrany
  • Psalm 130 W troskach głębokich ponurzony
  • Psalms in instrumental renditions:
    • 45b Serce mi każe śpiewać
    • 97 Pan nasz, Bóg nasz panuje, niech się Ziemia raduje
  • Psalm 140 Broń mię, mój Panie, od ludzi złośliwych
  • Psalm 103 Błogosław duszo moja, Panu swojemu

The broadcast will be available on the Youtube channel of the Polish Royal Opera.

Performing artists

Krzystof Łazicki
Poland

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