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Jewish songs

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1Thrin
syyskuu 23, 2010, 9:40pm

Not to do with books, but maybe someone here can adivse us. Our small singing group will be singing seasonal songs soon and we'd like to include a couple of appropriate Jewish pieces.

Can you suggest a song or two for us? It would be greatly appreciated.

2bergs47
syyskuu 24, 2010, 5:15pm

Do you mean religious works?

May I suggest the Barbara Streisand version of Avenu Malkanu

3Thrin
Muokkaaja: syyskuu 24, 2010, 8:07pm

Thanks for the suggestion bergs47.

It wouldn't matter to us whether or not the song was religious. We sing both Christian and secular seasonal songs at this time of year, and I forgot to mention that we sing a cappella (unaccompanied by any musical instrument). It would be the lighter, shorter works in which we'd be interested just now.

Edited to add that things tending toward the folk/traditional genres would probably be best.

4lilithcat
syyskuu 25, 2010, 12:38am

Mi Yimalel (Who Can Retell): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmiGBOqlK18

Who can retell the things that befell us,
Who can count them?
In every age a hero or sage,
Came to our aid.

Who can retell the things that befell us,
Who can count them?
In every age a hero or sage,
Came to our aid.

Hark! In days of yore in Israel's ancient land,
Brave Maccabeus led the faithful band.
But now all Israel must as one arise,
Redeem itself through deed and sacrifice.

Who can retell the things that befell us,
Who can count them?
In every age a hero or sage,
Came to our aid.


Mi yemalel g'vurot Yisra-el,
Otan mi yimneh?
Hen b'khol dor yakum hagibor,
Go-el ha-am.

Mi yemalel g'vurot Yisra-el,
Otan mi yimneh?
Hen b'khol dor yakum hagibor,
Go-el ha-am.

Sh'ma! Bayamim hahem bazman hazeh,
Makabi moshiyah ufodeh -
Uv'yamenu kol am Yisra-el,
Yit'ahed, yakum veyiga-el.

Mi yemalel g'vurot Yisra-el,
Otan mi yimneh?
Hen b'khol dor yakum hagibor,
Go-el ha-am.

5Thrin
syyskuu 25, 2010, 2:31am

Thanks, lilithcat.... That's just the sort of melody I was hoping for. I like the choir too.
We have soprano, alto, tenor and bass singers (usually) so the arrangement in the video would suit us well. All I have to do now is find the sheet music and learn the pronunciation (we prefer to sing in the original language of the work).

Thanks so much for going to all that trouble.

6Thrin
syyskuu 25, 2010, 2:43am

>2 bergs47: bergs47

I listened to that beautiful song you suggested, but fear that we would not do it justice.

7bergs47
Muokkaaja: syyskuu 26, 2010, 3:31pm

Various others such as L Dor Vador ( various artists)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ng9tuLxV1fs&feature=related

or Adon Olam

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n05IKwfmrc&feature=related

Erev Shel Shoshanim

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpWGsqguzLE&feature=related

And then The most religious song of all Kol Nidre

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlqR7HUuIrw ( this version by Neil Diamond from the Jazz Singer)

Then my Favourite in Hebrew no less Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPQ8o4HT4A0

8Thrin
lokakuu 5, 2010, 6:33pm

Thanks bergs47 I shall work my way through those links.

>4 lilithcat: lilithcat..... I got in touch with the people who sang Mi Yimalel on the YouTube link you so helpfully provided and, with the assistance of kind intermediaries (especially the folk at the Choral Public Domain Library site), we now have the sheet music together with valuable suggestions as to its performance.

I'm so grateful to all concerned.