Three Songs (2010)
I. שפך - "Shaphak" (To pour out)
II. ירא - "Yare" (To stand in awe of)
III. להלל - "Halal" (To praise)
Instrumentation: flute (doubling piccolo), oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, (doubling soprano and tambourine), bassoon, horn, 4 violins, 2 viola (1 doubling tambourine), 2 celli
Duration: ca. 14 min.
Premiere: August 26, 2010, Helsinki Vanha kirkko; Halo Ensemble
It is widely accepted that antiphonal singing originated in ancient Israelite culture. These three
"songs without words" find their inspiration from descriptive Hebrew verbs found in the
psalms of the Hebrew Bible, and continue the exciting and wondrous tradition.
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