Joelle Wallach

Simeni Kachotam Al Libbecha

Year: 1987

Duration (in minutes): 17'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: larger chamber ensembles - more than 4 players, mixed instrument ensemble, orchestra and chamber orchestra, solo voice(s) with chamber ensemble

Instruments: alto flute, any female voice, any medium voice, any string, any voice, any woodwind, bassoon, cello, clarinet, contrabass, flute, mezzo soprano, oboe, percussion, piccolo, viola, violin, xylophone

Publisher: classical vocal reprints

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Score PDF: Simeni-Kachotam-Al-Libbecha-Score.pdf

Text PDF: Simeni-Kachotam-Al-Libbecha-TEXT-ONLY.pdf

Description: Simeni Kachotam Al Libbecha, Set Me As A Seal Upon Your Heart is a lyrical and dramatic work in ancient Hebrew for mezzo soprano and chamber ensemble. In its quasi-narrative treatment of the Biblical Song of Songs, Simeni Kachotam Al Libbecha, Set Me As A Seal Upon Your Heart finds an erotic and passionate story line. Ecstatic tempo fluctuations and adaptations of Arabic scales and rhythmic modes evoke the exotic setting and the frenzied urgency of a turbulent personal quest, partly spiritual and partly of the flesh. Each haunting melody has alternate settings for its Hebrew words, drawn directly from the Biblical text. The choice of either modern Sephardic pronunciation or ancient historical ones reflects the timelessness of the text.

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