The Psalms Chanted: 1​-​8

by Calvin Peters

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The Psalms of David chanted in a style unique to Calvin Peters. Pulling from Russian, Greek, Arabic, Irish, Bulgarian, Gregorian 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.

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released August 28, 2014

Psalms from the King James translation of 1611.

Cover: Icon of the Prophet King David by Margo Sinkevitch, brother of Calvin Peters.

All music composed and chanted by Calvin Peters.

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Calvin Peters Michigan

Calvin Peters learned 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 five symphonies over the past 30 years, has directed choirs and chanted in the Orthodox Church for over 25 years, is the son of an Orthodox Archpriest of blessed memory and is now living the life of a monk. ... more

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