Category: Interfaith

Shiru Ladonai Shir Chadash (Ps 96)

(6 July 2019 – Recording coming soon.) BUY the sheet music – $3.95 (lead sheet) In Jewish scripture and liturgy we are often encouraged to ‘sing to the Lord a new song’. How many times can we sing a song

Society for Old Testament Study Conference, Oxford University 2019

Performance of Mah Gadlu by Worcester College Choir, and first performance of Barchi Nafshi by Alexander Massey and Matthew Faulk as part of the final Psalms Concert. The SOTS is “a learned society of professional scholars and others committed to

Music for the Abrahamic Reunion

On 13 June 2019, Hansh’mah Lach was played at the Universal Unity Celebration fo Peace, hosted by the British Friends of the Abrahamic Reunion, a great cause!

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Im Ein Ani Li

(5 June 2019) Recording and commentary coming soon. BUY the sheet music – $3.95 (lead sheet)

Shalom Aleichem (round)

Music and Audio © Alexander Massey 10 April 2014 3 part round, 12 bars BUY the sheet music – $1.50 (lead sheet)

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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 BUY the sheet music – $9 (4 copies @ $2.25) (Apologies for my falsetto parts in this ad hoc recording – I’ll post a better recording when I next have sopranos in

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

Music and recording © Alexander Massey 19 May 2016 BUY the sheet music (2 vces & pno) – $6.75 (3 copies @ $2.25) The sheet music is also available as part of ‘Five Sacred Chants’. “You have all been shown

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Elohai N’shamah – its music and meaning

Music and recording © Alexander Massey 11 March 2015 BUY the sheet music – $4.50 (3 copies @ $1.50) The sheet music is also available as part of ‘Five Sacred Chants’. אֱלהַי נְשָׁמָה שֶׁנָּתַתָּ בִּי טְהורָה הִיא Elohai, n’shamah shenatata

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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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