Psalms was composed in 1997-1998, from the 143 and 150
psalms text which was entirely respected. This work is in keeping
with a double tradition: Judeo-Christian where the
psalms are life's sources, and German romanticism
which is at the origin of my composer life and a constant in my
there is a "marriage" between text and music, as we can find
in some lieder, as we can discover from a different perspective
through the stained glass in Chartres, as we can glimpse in
the Hindou temples, each time the sacred tries to escape from
a religion particularism and to expand towards universal.
The vocal and instrumental writing mixes "soli" and "tutti" in an intertwining that can symbolise the individual and the
collective. The frequent non-retrogressable rhythms are like an
"eternity mirror" (Messiaen). The melodic and harmonic writing
suggests, even more than in my previous works, a synthesis between
tonality, modality (in particular the use of the karnatic modes
are to be noted) and atonality.
Psalms ending on a vast "alleluia" can be perceived
as an act of faith.