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Psalm for Band


Vincent Persichetti, composer

Psalm for Band, by Vincent Persichetti, was commissioned by the Alpha Chapter of Pi Kappa Omicron National Band Fraternity at the University of Louisville. It was first performed in 1952 by the University of Louisville Concert Band with the composer conducting. Persichetti included the following note on the score:

Psalm for Band is a piece constructed from a single germinating harmonic idea. There are three distinct sections—a sustained chordal mood, a forward moving chorale, followed by a Paean culmination of the materials. Extensive use is made of the separate choirs of instruments supported by the thematic rhythms in the tenor and bass drums.

—John Wakefield, University of Maryland


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