Jewish Wedding Music
Here is a list of the music that I have written to Jewish texts that can fit into a Jewish wedding:
- B’ruchah Haba’ah (Blessed Is She) – A simple tune, the guests can pick up the refrain easily by ear and join in.
- Kumi Lach Rayati (Rise Up, My Love) – verses (and part verses) selected and reordered from Song of Songs; full versions in Hebrew or English, including a full piano part, or just guitar chords, this has arrangements for solo or duet
- Libavtini Achoti Chalah (You have ravished my heart, my sister, my bride) – verses (and part verses) selected from Song of Songs; solo voice and guitar
- Mi Adir – this can be sung as a solo, or as a duet. There is an arrangement for either piano, or solo voice and string quartet.
- V’erastich Li (I betroth you to me) – including Hebrew and English sections, and a full piano part, this has arrangements for solo or duet
Here are some additional pieces that could fit well on the day:
- B’rich Rachamana (Blessing after the meal) – a short chant that guests can pick up very quickly; it also can be sung as a 3 part round
- Oneg Nigun – a gently joyful piece in 5/8 (oneg literally means ‘pleasure’ or ‘delight’)
- Shalom Aleichem, Aleichem Shalom – welcoming each other in peace
- Simcha Song – a riotous piece that celebrates whatever the occasion is, acknowledges God as the source of all goodness, gently notes that some present at a simcha may be feeling some private sadness, and joyfully invites everyone to eat! Can be sung unison, or as a three part round.
- V’Asu Li Mikdash (We’ll Make You a holy home) – “We we’ll make You a holy home, and You will dwell with us” – a text for the completion of the Sanctuary, this can also be sung in the spirit of people creating a collective sacred space, and that the couple under the chuppah will be making a home together and sanctifying it
- Your People Will Be My People (Song of Ruth) – A pledge to stay with each other, and to honour God as One. This can be sung solo/unison, with guitar, or full piano accompaniment; there is also an arrangement for duet and piano.
- Y’varech’cha Adonai (Priestly blessing) – This can be sung solo/unison, with guitar, or full piano accompaniment; there is also an arrangement for full choir (SATB) and piano. The full Hebrew blessing is sung, and the middle section is a translation into English.