Music: Stravinsky in Boston

Seventeen years ago the primitive, pagan rhythms of Le Sacre du Printemps established Russian Igor Stravinsky as the most original, most compelling of modern composers. Last week in Boston his Symphonic de Psaumes (Symphony of Psalms), in spirit far removed from his sensual celebration of fertility, was given as a part of the Boston Symphony's ambitious semicentennial program. The new Stravinsky takes as text three excerpts from the Psalms (in the English version: Psalm XXXIX, Verses 12, 13; XL: 1, 2, 3; CL complete), uses a chorus to describe in Latin the...

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