Category: Interfaith

Im Ein Ani Li

(5 June 2019) Recording and commentary coming soon.

Shalom Aleichem (round)

Music and Audio © Alexander Massey 10 April 2014 3 part round, 12 bars

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Shalom (chant/round)

Music and Audio © Alexander Massey 12 April 2013 I made this 2 part round up during a Saturday morning service at the end of the Amidah, after the final blessing, as an alternative to Elohai N’tzor, Yih’yu L’ratson, or

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Lo Yisa Goi (No.1) / Sim Shalom

Music and audio © Alexander Massey 25 Nov. 2018 (Apologies for my falsetto parts in this ad hoc recording – I’ll post a better recording when I next have sopranos in my studio!) This 4 part round, prophesying the end of

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‘You have all been shown’ – its music and meaning

Music and recording © Alexander Massey 19 May 2016 The sheet music for this is available for purchase as part of ‘Five Sacred Chants’. “You have all been shown what is good, and what God seeks from you. Do justice,

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Elohai N’shamah – its music and meaning

Music and recording © Alexander Massey 11 March 2015 The sheet music is available for purchase as part of ‘Five Sacred Chants’. אֱלהַי נְשָׁמָה שֶׁנָּתַתָּ בִּי טְהורָה הִיא Elohai, n’shamah shenatata bi, t’horah hi. My God, the soul You have

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What’s the point of chanting?

The focus of chants is not singing, but prayer – avodat lev (or avodah shebalev), ‘service/work of the heart’. When we chant, it is not the quality of our voice or musicianship that counts, but the quality of our intention (kavanah). However

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Ki L’olam Chasdo (Ps 136)

Music and audio (rough draft) © Alexander Massey 12 Nov. 2018 Psalm 136 – Great Hallel– Hodu Ladonai Psalm 136, the ‘Great Hallel’, is often referred to by its opening words – ‘Hodu Ladonai’. My version is called Ki L’Olam

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Kol B’Ramah, Kol D’mei

Music and audio © Alexander Massey 11 April 2018 Jer. 31:15; Gen. 4:10; Jerusalem Talmud, Sanhedrin 4:1 (22a) On Yom HaShoah v’HaGevurah, we commemorate both the victims of the Holocaust, and those who heroically resisted. This piece was written to

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Shalom Aleichem, Aleichem Shalom

Composition and Audio © Alexander Massey, 26 March 2017 First performance 10 May 2017 – United for Peace – United Through Poetry – a service with readings interspersed with silent reflection and music, delivered in partnership with the Edward Cadbury

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