It is very unlikely that this work is public domain in the EU, or in any country where the copyright term is life-plus-70 years. However, it is in the public domain in Canada (where IMSLP is hosted) and other countries where the term is life-plus-50 years (such as China, Japan, Korea and many others worldwide). As this work was first published before 1923 or failed to meet notice or renewal requirements to secure statutory copyright with no "restoration" under the GATT amendments, it is very likely to be public domain in the USA as well.
|Composition Year||1921 April 28/1923 (see Wikipedia)|
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|Work Title||Le Roi David|
|Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No.||H 37|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1921 April 28/1923 (see Wikipedia)|
|First Performance.||1921 June 11 (first version)
1923 December 2, Winterthur (in German) (oratorio version)
|First Publication.||1921 (incidental music only)|
1924 (usual version, vocal score)
|Librettist||René Morax (1873-1963)|
|Language||French (+ translations)|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||1 hour|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Early 20th century|
|Piece Style||Early 20th century|
|Instrumentation||Vocal soloists, Chorus and Orchestra (2 flutes, 1 takes piccolo; oboe (takes English horn); 2 clarinets (1 takes bass clarinet?); bassoon, horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, timpani, percussion, celesta, harmonium, piano, choir, double bass only (1921 version) - expanded orchestra with full strings (1923 version))|
|External Links||Wikipedia article|
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2 versions. As incidental music: 1921 April 28 (completion date, except for orchestration from score. Quote: "Everything was completed on 28th April, in two months, apart from the orchestration for a small ensemble of six woodwind, four brass, a harmonium, a piano, two timpani, a double bass, a gong and a tam-tam."). As "symphonic psalm" (or as described by French Wikipedia, "le version oratorio"): 1923.
(Some information taken from Naxos "About this recording" notes as translated/written by Keith Anderson - see link.) According to French Wikipedia, premiered 11 June 1921 in its first version. Translated into German and premiered in December 1923 in Winterthur as an oratorio.