Sacred Choral

Here are religious or religion-related settings on texts from a variety of sources, scriptural, liturgical, and secular/spiritual. Some are from the Old Testament; the Kedushah is a traditional sanctification for the High Holy Days. The William Blake poems are religious in their references to the deity. “Angels” and “Chanukah” are settings of my own lyrics.

Listen Score Title Voices Solos Accomp. Dur. Lyrics by Year

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view score Chanukah Tonight! SATB (opt. div.) piano 2’45 David Avshalomov 2011
Order This» Quick glimpse of the legend, tradition, and observance of the Jewish Festival of Lights. Exuberant syncopated setting building up to the bright celebration on the eighth night. (Also for high solo voice–see SONGS) Lyrics» Notes»
view score Chanukah Tonight! (orch) SATB (opt. div.) strings 2’45
Order This» Version with string orchestra accompaniment (also fun with mandoline orchestra, or balalaikas)

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I Bend the Knee of My Heart SSAATTBB a cappella 5′ Canticle 14/ Menasseh 2006
Order This» ACDA Silver Platter Award 2012 for Choral Repertoire of Outstanding Quality
2013 Polifonija International Sacred Choral Music Competition, Lithuania, 2nd Prize

Broad artful expression of awe at Gods’ power and the unworthiness of a famous sinful Old Testament king. Starts slow, solemn, moves ahead to final fervent peroration on “I will praise you without ceasing all the days of my life.” Commissioned by Richard Beatty for the Anglican Chorale of Southern California, James Person, Director.
PROJECT : ENCORE of Schola Cantorum on Hudson has found “I Bend the Knee” to be of exceptional merit. Its panel of internationally -known conductors has selected it for inclusion in their database of recommended choral music at www.projectencore.org
Lyrics» Notes»

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view score Kedushah SATB T or S piano, flute 5′ Trad 1997
Order This» Formal, serious blessing, ecstatic end, operatic solo part. Commissioned by Cantor Mark Saltzman, Sha’arei Am Synagogue for the High Holy Days. Lyrics»

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view score Let the Children Play SAA
Order This» Version for women’s voices.

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view score Love and Chocolate SATB divisi piano, opt. fl 3′ David/ Randi Avshalomov 2005
Order This» Valentine’s Day version of the Chocolate Carol, more romantic lyrics. [Also: simplified version for solo quartet SATB/piano.] Lyrics»

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view score The Mixed Blessings SSAATTBB bar and/or low T handbells (or vibr, glock) 13′ Matthew/Luke 2010
Order This» Ritualized, dramatic dialectic illuminating the paradoxical contradictions of the two sets of Blessings (and Woes) attributed to the Christ. Formalized semi-medieval quasi-Anglican-style start and end, one angry climax, one romantic climax on the word God. Punctuations, ostinatos, flashes of divine light from handbells. Written for Cantori Domino, Santa Monica, Maurita Phillips-Thornburgh, director. Lyrics» Notes»

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view score O Euchari Columba SSATTB brief S1 a cappella 6′ Hildegard von Bingen 2006

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view score The Star Spangled Banner (arr.) TTBB qtt or ens. a cappella 1’45 F. Scott Key 2004
Order This» Purple harmonization for the Santa Monica HS Barbershop Gentlemen of 2004–and my son Zack. Available in C, B, Bb

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view score U.S. 30 in Idaho SSAATTB a cappella 1′ Doris Avshalomov 1961
Order This» Ironic nature/highway roadkill observation, over in a flash. Lyrics»

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view score A Cradle Song SATB a cappella 3’15 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Sweet Lullaby with a middle twist; slow, soft and steady. Subject: Baby’s/Christ’s innocence, mother’s worry. Good for single voices also.

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view score Holy Thursday I SATB a cappella 2′ Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Hopeful, steady Hymn. Subject: Processional of orphaned children into St. Paul’s Cathedral. Long-melisma final cadence.
view score On Another’s Sorrow SATB a cappella 1’30 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Sweet sentimental variation-Hymn, moderate speed. Subject: Compassion (ours and Christ’s). Good for single voices also.