Psalms for David

Date: 1983

Instrumentation: 3(alto fl; picc). perc/cel/hp/pno/strings

Commission: Toledo Symphony Orchestra

Dedication: For Yuval Zaliouk and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and a very special David

Premiere: Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Yuval Zaliouk, conductor. Masonic Auditorium. Toledo, OH. 3/18/83

Duration: 18′30″

Publication: contact composer

Winner: 1984 Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards for Orchestral Music, 3rd Prize

Reviews: “…a carefully worked out fabric, a solidly organized structure that introduces very personal idioms that attach themselves to the moods of hymns, entreaties, and thanksgivings from the Psalms.” Boris Nelson. The Toledo Blade. 3/20/83.

“A single movement, the music is a series of scenes, each colorful, rhythmically vibrant and forcefully expressed.” Daniel Webster. The Philadelphia Inquirer. 10/16/84.

“an evocative combination of Hebraic and jazz idioms that had more flavor than the other works.” Jerry Floyd. The Washington Times. 10/16/84.

“a series of subtly colored, exotic-sounding and sometimes ecstatic wordless meditations deeply rooted in the poetry of the Old Testament.” Joseph McLellan. The Washington Post. 10/15/84.

“moments of great power and lushness.” Richard Brooks. Musical America. February 1984.

“projected an aura of fantasy and sensuous beauty which had great appeal…Shrude’s composition was captivating, exhibiting good taste and refinement.” Robert Hall Lewis. Musical America. February 1985.