Day after day
Every child knows that the week has seven days, just like the month has four weeks. The ancient Egyptians and Babylonians knew this too and named their days of the week after the stars and the gods associated with them. Later on, Roman gods were added to the calendar, before Germanic gods and finally Christian names joined them as well. But the seven days have remained unchanged. They have come to be taken for granted so that today, we hardly ever ask ourselves why Tuesday is called Tuesday. But the truth is, there are fascinating stories behind the names of all the days of the week.
In 2018, PSALM sets out to tell these stories. On Saturday, we celebrate Shabbat with Jewish songs. We honour Sunday with Saint Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Sun. We watch the changeable moon on Monday with hit songs about Mister Moon before exploring the Nordic god Týr in Icelandic sagas on Tuesday. Mercury, messenger of the gods, crosses our path in a baroque serenata on Wednesday. On Thursday, we let the thunder in Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony grumble before we praise the goddesses Freyja and Venus in Richard Wagner’s music on Friday.
So by the end of Holy Week 2018, PSALM will have created a musical panorama of the days of the week, leading us back to the beginning of our history – back to when myths, sagas and scientific observations were not opposing elements, but rather the same thing.