The Psalms of David chanted in a style unique to Calvin Peters. Pulling from Russian, Greek, Arabic and English plain chant musical influences, these Psalms are an amalgamation of various musical traditions transformed into what has been described by some as having a uniquely American feel with ever-flowing penitence and contemplation. Each Kathisma limits itself to a single melody which then repeats and evolves and elaborates yet remains that original sole melodic idea, like an Orthodox "Tone."
The Orthodox monastic services are completely sung or chanted with no instruments other than the human voice; nearly nothing is ever spoken. There is not a single service in the Orthodox church that does not employ the Psalms. Psalms were sung by the earliest Christians to include Jesus and His apostles.
The Psalter, or the entire group of all the Psalms have been divided into 20 Kathismas of more or less equal length. This then aids their incorporation into various Orthodox services to be chanted or sung entirely throughout each week. It is also the practice in the Orthodox Church to chant the Psalms in the presence of a reposed Orthodox Christian from the time of their repose until their internment. All Psalms here are listed according to the Greek numbering of the Psalms.
released 16 July 2014
Psalms from the King James translation of 1611.
Cover: Icon of the Prophet David by Jan van Biezen of the Netherlands. Written for his grandson named David and used with permission.
All music composed and chanted by Calvin Peters. All proceeds go to St. Sabbas Monastery.
Calvin Peters started playing violin at age six and piano at age eight. He earned a music degree from Michigan State
University and retired from the military after a 20-year career. He played viola in four symphonies over the past 25 years, played piano and has sung in several restaurants and coffee houses in Colorado since 2002, and has chanted in the Orthodox Church for over 25 years....more