150 Psalms

Regular readers of this blog will ask: "So what? We know there are 150." This is more than accounting. It is the title of an ambitious program called '150 Psalms', performances by top vocal ensembles of song settings of these ancient poems. The program has already been to Brussels, New York and Utrecht. From one … Continue reading 150 Psalms

Psalm 50, 11 Aug 19

Our singers are sometimes confused by my odd short-hand musical notations and cues in cantor's sheets abbreviated to one page for convenience. Psalm 50 in a 9th C. script from France. British Library MS 9046, f24v Imagine coping with this 9th-century manuscript, in Tironian with Latin introductions (illustrated). The British Library viewer notes explain that … Continue reading Psalm 50, 11 Aug 19