Category: Interfaith

‘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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You have all been shown what is good

Music and recording © Alexander Massey 19 May 2016 The sheet music is available for purchase as part of ‘Five Sacred Chants’. There is a shorter introductory article about the music and meaning of this chant here. “You have all

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Three Counties United Against Extremism

A service with readings interspersed with silent reflection and music This was an initiative of the Oxford Foundation, delivered in partnership with the Lord-Lieutenancies of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, Oxford Diocese, and Oxford Muslim College. This was a beautiful, moving

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