Sea of Reeds: Five Hebrew songs for two clarinets and piano (2009)–15′
Commissioned by the Grneta Ensemble
Also arranged (2012) for clarinet, viola and piano
I work in two musical words which frequently intersect—that as a composer and cantor. I often write music for Jewish services, or concert music based on Jewish texts. These five pieces are a suite made of arrangements for the Grneta Ensemble of music originally written for solo voice or chorus. It has been a great pleasure to make these new arrangements, and I have since also arranged my songs for violin and piano, and for clarinet, viola and piano.
Hariu Ladonai is a setting of the joyous Psalm 100, a poem which asks all the earth to give a “shout of joy” in praise of God.
Adonai Ro’i is a setting of Psalm 23, one of the most famous of the Psalms “the Lord is my Shepherd”—which is often used as a consolation for those in mourning.
Dodi Li Vaani Lo, originally for chorus, is a setting from the Song of Songs, the Biblical poem celebrating romantic and physical love.
Y’varech’cha is a setting of the text used as a blessing from parents to children at the beginning of the Sabbath celebration.
Dayeinu, also from a choral piece, is based on one of the most famous sections of the Passover Haggadah—a song of thanks to God for deliverance from slavery to freedom.