One of the great universal staples of modern Jewish worship – and one of the most well-known Hebrew songs of all time – is given new life by one of the most exciting new composers of a new generation. Dr. Ginsberg’s lush and tender a cappella setting keeps listeners intent with terrific movement amidst the parts, yet still remains accessible to choirs of any skill level. This is the definitive arrangement of this piece.
A new edition of this piece (formerly released under Transcontinental number 993228), created using additional text recently discovered by the arranger. The melody is a traditional Sephardi tune; the Hebrew text comes from Psalm 118; the French text is by the poet David Levi Alvares. In French and Hebrew.
For SATB with rehearsal keyboard
Conductors of many mixed choirs are already familiar with the very popular SATB version of this piece; composer Ryan Brechmacher now provides a version for treble choir. The sheer beauty of this absolutely gorgeous, uplifting piece alone makes it destined to take its place among, and forever alter, the canon of Chanukah songs – and beyond. Original English lyrics serve as bookends to the Ma’oz Tzur prayer and lend the piece to a universally applicable theme of hope, unity and freedom.
For SSA and keyboard