Godefroid, F. – Psaume de David


(Chantez au Seigneur un cantique nouveau/ Sing to the Lord a new song…)

Genre: Romantic
Difficulty: 5
Pages: 5

Psaume de David (Sing to the Lord a new song…) combines the majesty of a grand hymn with quiet devotional expression. Set in the key of Cb major, the Psalm brings out the ringing quality of the harp, with wide rolled chords dominating a texture that also features arpeggios and running figures. For the right interpretation, it is important to go back in time to the second half of the19th century, in France, and be aware of a religious atmosphere steeped in pure sentiment. Think of Cesar Franck, another Belgian from the same generation, also settled in Paris, and his famous Panis angelicus. Or, for the purpose of intention, think of the fervent piety that culminated in the life of Saint Theresa of Lisieux. A facsimile edition.

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Godefroid Psaume de David

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Félix Godefroid (1818-1897) was the best-known concert harpist in France during the romantic era, in the wake of virtuosos like cellist Servais and violinist Bériot. While most of his works were formidable pieces for his own recitals, in his old age he also composed some delightful, easier gems for his students. Several of those are gathered in the two books of Pensées musicales. Heart-felt and uplifting, Godefroid’s musical writing reveals his propensity for melody (also in a strong left hand) and capacity for creating enchantment with the simplest devices. Celia Chan Valerio’s CD, released in honor of the bicentenary of his birth, provides a great introduction to this lost fairy-tale world.

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