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Program Notes

Each week, thousands of San Francisco Symphony concert-goers open their programs to read about the drama, the passion, and the inspiration behind the music they’re hearing. You can read our critically acclaimed program notes online one week prior to select concerts.

Symphony of Psalms

Exaudi orationem meam, Domine, et deprecationem meam; auribus percipe lacrymas meas.

Ne sileas, quoniam advena ego sum apud te, et peregrinus sicut omnes patres mei.

Remitte mihi, ut refrigerer priusquam abeam et amplius non ero.

 

Exspectans, exspectavi Dominum, et intendit mihi.

Ex exaudivit preces meas, et eduxit me de lacu miseriae et de luto faecis.

Et statuit super petram pedes meos, et direxit gressus meos.

Et immisit in os meum canticum novum, carmen Deo nostro.

Videbunt multi, et timebunt, et sperabunt in Domino.

 

Alleluia.

Laudate Dominum in sanctis ejus;

laudate eum in firmamento virtutis ejus.

Laudate eum in virtutibus ejus;

laudate eum secundum multitudinem magnitudinis ejus.

Laudate eum in sono tubae,

Laudate eum in tympano et choro,

laudate eum in chordis et organo.

Laudate eum in cymbalis benesonantibus;

laudate eum in cymbalis jubilationis.

Omnis spiritus laudet Dominum!

Alleluia.

 

Hear my prayer, O Lord, and my supplication: give ear to my tears.

Be not silent: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner as all my fathers were.

O forgive me, that I may be refreshed, before I go hence, and be no more.

 

Psalm 38:13–14

 

With expectation I have waited for the Lord, and he was attentive to me.

And he heard my prayers, and brought me out of the pit of misery and the mire of dregs.

And he set my feet upon a rock, and directed my steps.

And he put a new canticle into my mouth, a song to our God.

Many shall see, and shall fear: and they shall hope in the Lord.

 

Psalm 39:2–4

 

Alleluia.

Praise the Lord in his holy places:

praise him in the firmament of his power.

Praise him for his mighty acts:

praise him according to the multitude of his greatness.

Praise him with sound of trumpet:

Praise him with timbrel and choir:

praise him with strings and organs.

Praise him on high sounding cymbals:

praise him on cymbals of joy:

let every spirit praise the Lord.

Alleluia.

 

Psalm 150

 

(September 2019)