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for mixed chorus a cappella
SWM-013
SATB
2'24"
Yiddish
Tumbalalayka is one of the most performed and beloved Yiddish folksongs. This choral setting employs the use of instrument-like sounds imitating the strumming of the balalayka, a Russian folk instrument similar to a guitar, and contrasts the upbeat “Tumbalalayka” refrain with dark harmonic colors and occasional smooth polyphonic textures. This Tumbalalayka arrangement has been performed in the […]
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for TBB chorus, piano, and violin
SRD-004c
TB
TBB
TTB
TTBB
5'
English
Hebrew
In the poem “Psalm of the Sky,” Rabbi Rachel Barenblat reimagines “The Lord is My Shepherd” (Psalm 23) in a contemporary context. Performers may highlight the many instances of text painting and create contrast between moments of gentleness, boldness, and carefree movement. The last verse of Psalm 23 is included in Hebrew as a coda […]
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for SAB chorus, piano, and violin
SRD-004a
SAB
SATB
5'
English
Hebrew
In the poem “Psalm of the Sky,” Rabbi Rachel Barenblat reimagines “The Lord is My Shepherd” (Psalm 23) in a contemporary context. Performers may highlight the many instances of text painting and create contrast between moments of gentleness, boldness, and carefree movement. The last verse of Psalm 23 is included in Hebrew as a coda […]
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for SSA chorus, piano, and violin
SRD-004b
SA
SAA
SSA
SSAA
5'
English
Hebrew
In the poem “Psalm of the Sky,” Rabbi Rachel Barenblat reimagines “The Lord is My Shepherd” (Psalm 23) in a contemporary context. Performers may highlight the many instances of text painting and create contrast between moments of gentleness, boldness, and carefree movement. The last verse of Psalm 23 is included in Hebrew as a coda […]
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for SATB chorus and piano/organ
SRD-001
SATB
4'
Hebrew
Sim Shalom is a solemn Hebrew prayer in D minor accompanied by piano or organ. It is ideal for a worship setting and has often been used for that purpose, though the lyrical choral refrain and soprano/tenor solos can work well for any choir that would prefer to focus on just a few phrases of […]
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for SATB chorus and piano
SRD-002
SATB
3'
Hebrew
This upbeat mixed-meter setting of Psalm 100 in Hebrew was inspired by Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. The difficulty level is moderate, suitable for high school, college, and community choirs. It was premiered by Triad: Boston’s Choral Collective. The English translation is as follows: 1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Worship the […]
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for SATB chorus, piano, and violin
SRD-003
SATB
3'
Hebrew
Oseh Shalom is a Jewish prayer for peace in a Tango style, accessible for school, church, and synagogue choirs. Though Tango is not traditional in Jewish liturgical music, many congregations draw musical inspiration from traditional and popular music of diverse origins. This setting was premiered by the University of Washington Chorale, and its TBB arrangement […]
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for unaccompanied mixed choir with soloists
SWM-018
SATB
5'30"
Yiddish
A theatrical setting of Di Balade Funem Farloyrenem Shefel, a colorful allegory by Yiddish poet Itzik Manger telling the story of a shepherd boy searching high and low for his lost lamb, only to discover that he has found something more important that he didn’t know he was looking for. Follow the score with English subtitles in […]
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for mixed choir and piano w/optional children's choir
GTT-026
3' 15"
This joyful harvest song may be of particular interest to choral groups within the Jewish tradition, but it may equally prove to be a useful addition to the harvest or thanksgiving repertoire of any choir. The text is taken from World Healing Prayers, with additional text by Linda G Marcus, adapted by the composer. There’s […]
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Tenor solo, men's chorus, and piano
BLS-010
TB
approx. 2'
English
Hebrew
They Shall Not Hurt, a short Jewish hymn with a flowing melody, expresses clear-eyed but heart-felt devotion. Sung in Hebrew and English and relatively easy to perform, it is an ideal work for Friday night Sabbath service or concert setting. Arthur Lazarus (1925-1993) was music director for Temple Beth Sholom in New City, New York, […]
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SATB Chorus and piano
BLS-007
SATB
2'
Hebrew
Chanukah Candle Blessing is an original SATB setting of the traditional Jewish prayer recited before lighting the menorah. Short, not difficult, and sung in Hebrew, this piece is appropriate for winter concerts and synagogue use. Click on Soundcloud above to listen to an excerpt. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech ha-olam a-sher ki-de-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-tav ve-tzi-va-nu le-had-lik […]
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for SATB choir a cappella
KEM 1001
SATB
2'15"
English
Short choral blessing (text from the Old Testament) written as part of 2001-2003 Composer Residency at San Francisco’s National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi. Premiered by resident ensemble, Schola Cantorum SF
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