A Cantata in Five Movements Sung in Hebrew
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Kohelet: A Cantata in Five Movements Sung in Hebrew
YEAR OF COMPOSITION
Full Score - SATB, Bass Baritone and Soprano Soloists and Orchestra
0.0.0.0 - 0.3.2.btbn.0 - timp.perc(3):glsp/xyl/chimes/tgl/cyms/susp.cym/tamb/wdbl/anvil/SD/BD/tam-t - harp(2) - strings
Reduced Orchestration - SATB, Bass Baritone and Soprano Soloists and Chamber Ensemble of 9 Players 0.0.0.0 - 2.2.0.btbn.0 - timp.perc - harp - organ
Vocal Score - SATB, Bass Baritone and Soprano Soloists and Orchestral Reduction for Piano
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
March 20, 2022 - Washington Master Chorale, Washington, DC
Kohelet ("The Teacher") is an extended choral work in five movements that I composed for the Washington Master Chorale, Santa Clara Chorale and Santa Clara University Concert Choir. Sung in Hebrew, it is scored for performance by divisi choral forces (SATB), bass-baritone and soprano soloists, and orchestra, consisting of 3 trumpets in B flat, 2 trombones, bass trombone, timpani, percussion (3 players), 2 harps, and strings.
There is also a reduced orchestration for 2 trumpets in C, 2 horns in F, bass trombone, timpani, percussion (1 player), harp, and organ (9 players total). The original full scoring lends itself well to the reduction. By including some of the original instruments, the reduction is conveyed with little loss of variety and color. I think some of the hidden details may even be more apparent.
Plus, who can resist the sound of an organ in a sacred work?
The Third Movement of Kohelet, Shir Hashirim ("Song of Songs"), is also available separately for recital performance by baritone and soprano soloists with piano accompaniment. I'm especially delighted by its growing popularity as a love duet.