Category: Liturgy / Siddur

High Holy Days music

Here are fifteen pieces I’ve written for High Holy Days over the years. If you like this music, or are interested in singing some of it, please get in touch. I’d love to hear from you!

Yism’chu B’Malchut’cha

Music and Audio © Alexander Massey 26 May 2019 יִשְׂמְחוּ בְמַלְכוּתְך שׁוֹמְרֵי שַׁבָּת וְקֽוֹרְאֵי עֹֽנֶג עַם מְקַדְּשֵׁי שְׁבִיעִי כֻּלָּם יִשְׂבְּעוּ וְיִתְעַנְּגוּ מִטּוּבֶֽךָ וּבַשְּׁבִיעִי רָצִֽיתָ בּוֹ וְקִדַּשְׁתּוֹ חֶמְדַּת יָמִים אוֹתוֹ קָרָֽאתָ זֵֽכֶר לְמַעֲשֵׂה בְרֵאשִׁית They shall rejoice in Your kingdom, those

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Sim Shalom (No.2) with Lo Yisa Goi

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 Sim Shalom (Maker of Peace) partners another

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Adonai S’fatai Tiftach (chant)

Music and audio © Alexander Massey 20 Oct 2014

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‘God is in the detail’: a composer’s perspective on crafting modern Jewish sacred music

Summary of sections: Prayer, words and music – the role of sacred music ‘Reaching out without dumbing down’ Music as theology; music as midrash ‘Prayer: the lost art’ Making music holy – kodesh ‘God is in the detail’ – 25

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Kabbalat Shabbat music

Here are some my musical settings that can be used for Kabbalat Shabbat. First, music for prayers and texts already in the siddur: Adon Olam No.1 – (recording coming soon) The refrain evokes the solemnity and grandeur of the Divine, while the

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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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Omer Day 7 – Malchut of Chesed

Composition and audio © Alexander Massey 20 May 2014 Many years ago, someone commented to me that I didn’t always say ‘thank you’ when it might have been appropriate. I was shocked, and embarrassed. I was convinced I was grateful.

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Omer Day 1 – Chesed of Chesed

Music and recording © Alexander Massey 11 March 2015 The sheet music is available for purchase as part of ‘Five Sacred Chants’. Further commentary about this text can be found in two other of my articles: Elohai N’shamah: its music

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Outline for Shabbat morning davenen

Introduction This is my own personal take on the sequence of the Shabbat morning service. I have drawn from several siddurim (prayerbooks), from Orthodox, through Jewish Renewal to UK Reform and Liberal. I have included most of the big ‘set

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