Category: Prayer / T’fillah

Evening prayers Adon Olam No.2 – can be sung a cappella, or with pno/guit Ahavat Olam – can be sung a cappella solo, congregational, or SATB, or with optional piano Hashkiveinu – for voice and guitar/piano; can also be a …

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Music and Audio © Alexander Massey 26 May 2019 BUY the sheet music – $3.95 (lead sheet) יִשְׂמְחוּ בְמַלְכוּתְך שׁוֹמְרֵי שַׁבָּת וְקֽוֹרְאֵי עֹֽנֶג עַם מְקַדְּשֵׁי שְׁבִיעִי כֻּלָּם יִשְׂבְּעוּ וְיִתְעַנְּגוּ מִטּוּבֶֽךָ וּבַשְּׁבִיעִי רָצִֽיתָ בּוֹ וְקִדַּשְׁתּוֹ חֶמְדַּת יָמִים אוֹתוֹ קָרָֽאתָ זֵֽכֶר לְמַעֲשֵׂה …

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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 …

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

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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 …

Elohai N’shamah – its music and meaning Read More »

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‘Five Sacred Chants’ is an 11-page sheet music set of simple rounds and chants for 2 or 3 voices. It includes a a 4-page introduction with an essay ‘What’s the point of chanting?’, and short commentaries on each of the …

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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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Music and Audio © Alexander Massey 13 Sept 2018 BUY the sheet music (solo lead sheet) – $3.95 BUY the sheet music (three voices) – $6.75 (3 copies @ $2.25) Enjoy listening! Fuller commentary / essay coming soon – in …

Han’shamah Lach – a new musical setting Read More »

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Composition and audio © Alexander Massey 20 May 2014 BUY the Modeh Ani sheet music (1 or 2 vces & pno) – $4.95 Many years ago, someone commented to me that I didn’t always say ‘thank you’ when it might …

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Music and recording © Alexander Massey 11 March 2015 BUY the Elohai N’shamah sheet music – $4.50 (3 copies @ $1.50) The sheet music is also available as part of ‘Five Sacred Chants’. Further commentary about this text can be found …

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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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