Music and audio © Alexander Massey 10 June 2019
(5 June 2019) Recording and commentary coming soon.
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 who keep Shabbat and call it a delight;
The people who sanctify the seventh day, will all be fulfilled and delighted with Your goodness;
And You found pleasure in the seventh day and sanctified it, the most precious of days, You called it, in commemoration of the work of Creation.
There are several popular tunes that people sing to this text on Shabbat, all of them lively and rhythmic. And to fit the irregular line lengths and non-metrical phrases into the metrical musical patterns, words and phrases sometimes land awkwardly, with the wrong syllabic emphasis, or are arbitrarily repeated or disconnected from their grammatical context. As a result, for all the vigour of the music, the meaning and spirit of the actual text can become obscured.
Given that the prayer comes during the Amidah, the intense, intimate sequence of prayers that form a spiritual point of gravity in the morning service, I wanted to explore creating a more introspective musical setting. This also provided an opportunity to bring out some of the yearning that we can feel at Shabbat. Feeling, or generating, unconditional joy or gratitude does not always come easily; it can even seem naïve or insincere in the face of one’s own life challenges or the troubles in the wider world of which we are all too well aware.
So this musical setting reflects some of this ambivalence. Read more ›
A collection of rounds from the simple and easy learnable, to complex ones for advanced musicians and vocalists. The shortest melody is 6 bars, and the longest 48 bars, with anything from 2 to 5 voices. There are recordings of all of them on this website. If you would like sheet music for any of these, there are payment buttons for some of them on their individual pages, or you can contact me directly.
|Name||Language||Max. vces.||Melody length||Time signature|
|Adonai S'fatai Tiftach (Ps 51:17)||H||2||16 and 8||2/2|
|B'nei Mitzvah Nigun||n/a||3||24||2/4|
|B'rich Rachamana (Brachot 40b)||H||3||6||2/2|
|Ein Keloheinu No.2||H||2 (or 3)||8||10/8|
|Elohai N'shamah (Brachot 60b)||H||3||6||2/2|
|Halleluyah No. 2 (Ps 150)||H||4||32||3/4|
|Kein LaShabbat Haba'ah (Alexander Massey)||H||3||24||4/4|
|Lo Yisa Goi (Isaiah 2:4)||H and/or E||4||9 and 9||4/4|
|Lo Yisa Goi No.2 (Isaiah 2:4)||H + E||3||22||4/4 + 6/8 + 3/4 (!)|
|Mah Gadlu (Ps 92:6)||H||3||12||4/4|
|Mah Tovu No.1 (Num. 24:7)||H||2||8||6/8|
|Shabbat Shalom||H||4 (or 5)||16||2/2|
|Sh'ma Adonai Koli Ekra (Ps. 27:7)||H||2||16||2/2|
|Simcha Song (Ps 81)||E||3||48||4/4|
|Sim Shalom No. 2||H and/or E||4||9 and 9||4/4|
|Tashlich (Micah 7:18-19)||H||2||8||4/4|
|V'asu Li Mikdash (Ex. 25:8)||H and/or E||2||16||2/4|
|V'shavti B'veit Adonai (Ps. 23:6)||H||2||32||6/8|
|Yonah's Nigun||n/a||3 (or 4)||24 or 32||3/4|
|'You have all been shown what is good' (Micah 6:8)||E||2||16||2/4|
Music and Audio © Alexander Massey 10 April 2014
Music and Audio © Alexander Massey 16 March 2012
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 Oseh Shalom. It’s simple, and instantly learnable.