Musical settings for the ‘Verses of song’ section of the morning service
This list includes solo pieces, duets, congregational music, chants, rounds, and full choral settings. Much of it can work unaccompanied as well as accompanied, while some work better with accompaniment. (more…)
- 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 cappella; in Hebrew, it uses core elements of the prayer text, with one short section in English
- Mi Chamocha No.2 – in ahavah rabbah mode, can be sung a cappella solo, SATB, or with piano accompaniment
- Nigun Ma’ariv – published by Transcontinental Music in Nigun Anthology 3 (2019)
Settings suitable for evening
- Adonai S’fatai Tiftach – solo, congregational, with optional guitar; optional round, and optional English alternative
- Nigun Tree of Life – deeply contemplative nigun
- Oseh Shalom No.2 – solo, congregational, or duet, with optional guitar
- Sh’ma Adonai Koli (Ps 27:7) – during Elul and High Holy Days; 2 part round
Here is a list of my Jewish songs that use English, either as the original lyric, as a singable close translation from a Hebrew setting of mine, or alternating between English and Hebrew in a song. (more…)
There are lots of ways to categorise the pieces I have written: music for Shabbat, High Holidays, psalm settings, interfaith etc.. All of the music can be searched in multiple ways on my main music page.
In the meantime, I have listed my music here according to whether it can be sung as a solo (sometimes as art song), as a duet, in a choral version, or as a round. (more…)
(6 July 2019 – Recording coming soon.)
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 before it’s no longer new? What happens then?
If we like a song, and it becomes part of our regular communal prayer, it can enhance our experience both of prayer, and of community. The downside is that we can start to take a familiar song for granted, and not pay attention to the words, intention or prayerful dimension. For liturgy and prayer, does that mean we should then look for a new tune, or compose a new one? Perhaps. As a composer, I find it spiritually and emotionally nourishing, as well as intellectually stimulating, to write a new setting of prayer book or Biblical text. It renews my engagement with the prayer, its connection to Jewish history, its ideas, its texture, and heart. A skilful musical setting can illuminate meanings old and new, and help us connect emotionally with the words. (more…)
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