Choral Music*

*Scores available upon request 

  • Multiple orchestrations available as listed

GARDEN OF LOVE, from Songs of Experience (Blake)

Voices of LA Commission, LA Hollywood Master Chorale
  • SSATB, Piano

The poem, The Garden of Love, inspired me for its form, its prose and its color plate.  I saw things in threes; the three stanzas, which were clearly separated by the vines from the garden plus a coda if you will; the triple meter inherent in the poetry; and the illustration of three figures kneeling and praying before an open grave. And so the idea of a waltz form came to mind. Well, what I learned was that at about the same time of the creation of this poem’s color plate the waltz dance form was coming into fashion in England.  The waltz was initially criticized because it allowed couples to dance in ‘box form’ so closely to one another. In fact, the Oxford Dictionary described the waltz as “riotous and indecent!”

         Since Blake, especially in the Garden of Love, was criticizing organized religion and its hold on his joys and his desires, I thought that it might be interesting to place these two ‘criticisms’ side by side.

         What transpired was a piece which moves from in the first stanza describing melodically a beautiful, serene, good memory from Blake’s past, to an anguishing thought about the present and how it has intermingled with his past, and then, in the third stanza, to a tense, closed more dissonant harsh reality about the present, about this virus which has disrupted Blake’s Garden of Love, to a coda which describes, unfortunately the impact of this present reality on his fond memories, his joys, his desires.

HOW TO EAT (SING) A POEM (Merriam)

UC Irvine Women's Chorus Commission
  • SSA

1. How to Eat (Sing) a Poem

2. Showers, Clearing Later in the day

3. Lullaby

"A poem must be read aloud once for the sense or nonsense; then it must be read aloud again for the music." (Eve Merriam)

COME, BREAK WITH TIME (Bogan)

  • SSATB (soloists or chorus)

Come, Break with Time is a madrigal for five voices, either soloists or choir. Compositional techniques; i.e. tension vs. relaxation, closed vs. open sounds, unisons vs. octaves, harmonic tension; textural intuitiveness (imitative versus homophonic); counterpoint; rhythm according to syntax vs. rhythmic motion; places for word painting (madrigal) and

places for virtuosic technique, are all employed to describe Louise Bogan’s evocative text.

TIRTLE-TOYBN/TURTLEDOVES (YIDDISH)

MIT GEZANG Chorus Commission
ACDA LECTURE SELECTION
  • Soprano Soloist, SATB

The choral piece, Tirtle-toyben was commissioned by the Mit Gezang chorus in honor of its appearance at the David Nowakowsky International Jewish Choral Festival which took place at Gindi Auditorium, American Jewish University, Los Angeles in 2002. Its premiere was conducted by Mit Gezang’s musical director, Dr. Michelle Green Willner. The guest soprano soloist was Ms. Vanessa Paloma.

Poem by Jacob Glashteyn (1896-1971), translation from Harshav, American Yiddish Poetry

“In the poetry of the early Glashteyn, Jewish traces are simply part of his “impulses of memory,” flashing suddenly in his field of consciousness like the strange word tirtle-toyben from his early childhood.”

LIGHT THE FESTIVE CANDLES

  • Baritone and Soprano Soloists, SATB, Treble Choir, Piano

  • Treble Choir, Piano

With a wonderful text by Aileen Fisher, Light the Festive Candles* is a fun, Hanukkah ditty!

*From SKIP AROUND THE YEAR by Aileen Fisher. Copyright c 1967, 1985 Aileen Fisher.

Used by permission of Marian Reiner on behalf of the Boulder Public Library Foundation, Inc.

NA'ARITZ'CHA (from Kedusha)

  • Tenor, SATB, Piano

An original setting of the Kedusha prayers for Shabbat.

Premiered at the Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles with Cantor Nati Baram and the Michelle Green Willner Singers.

MELOH CHOFNAYIM RUACH/HANDFULS OF WIND

  • SATB, Piano (Soloist Optional)

With a delightful text by Israeli poet Yehiel Mar which plays on the different ways to say the word "gift" in Hebrew.  An optimistic, jazzy setting which may be sung with or without accompaniment.

HINEI MA TOV/HOW GOOD and HOW PLEASANT (medley)

  • SATB, Piano

An arrangement of three Hinei Ma Tov folktunes. 
Sung here by the Hollywood Master Chorale.

ADOSHEM MAH ADAM/LORD, WHAT IS MAN

SINAI TEMPLE COMMISSION
  • Baritone/Soprano, SATB, Organ/Piano (violin and cello optional)

  • Treble Choir, Piano (with or without soloist)

  • Baritone/Soprano, Organ/Piano (violin and cello optional)

To be sung as an artsong(baritone/soprano), or as a setting for treble chorus, SATB, with organ/piano, and violin/cello optional.  Artsong version here, rehearsed at Museum of Tolerance, LA.

The text is from the Yizkor prayer.

AV HARACHAMIM/FATHER OF MERCY

INTERNATIONAL ZIMRIYAH SELECTION
LA JEWISH CHORAL PERFORMANCE
  • SATB, Piano

Performance from the Los Angeles Jewish Choral Festival by the Michelle Green Willner Singers, Michelle Green Willner conducting. 
Setting includes both Hebrew and English.

TOV LEHODOT/O, GIVE THANKS! 

LA JEWISH CHORAL FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE
  • Soprano or Tenor Solo, SATB, Piano

A setting for SATB and piano in both Hebrew and English (complete Hebrew version also available).
Sung by the Michelle Green Willner Singers at the Jewish Choral Festival, Michelle Green Willner conducting.

SUKKAT DAVID/HOUSE OF DAVID

  • SAT, Piano

  • Solo Voice, Piano

A fun, jazzy piece for the holiday of Sukkot. For SAT as well as solo and piano.
TEHILA Choir here in performance.

MASHBIACH/PRAISE THE REST OF OUR DAYS

ACDA LECTURE SELECTION
  • SA, A Cappella (Piano, Violin, Cello Optional)

A setting commissioned in honor of a wedding celebration.
For SA with optional drum. Introduction to this piece also available.
Text by Yoav HaKatan (public domain).

ADON OLAM/SOVEREIGN OF THE UNIVERSE

Max Helfman Institute Commission
  • Treble Choir, Piano (Violin Optional)

  • SATB, piano

A catchy tune for the Sabbath services.
Commissioned by the Max Helfman Institute.

SHIRU LADOSHEM SHIR CHADASH/SING A NEW SONG

Recording available soon.
  • Treble Choir, Piano (Baritone Soloist Optional)

A zesty setting of the text from Psalm 96.

Recording available soon.

PRAYER FOR PEACE

Max Helfman Institute Commission
  • Treble Choir, SATB, Chamber Ensemble

  • Treble Choir, Piano (Violin, Baritone Solo, Optional)

This piece of hope is set in both English and Hebrew. The words are from “Yehi ratzon milfanecha, Hashem Elokeinu, V’Elokei Avoteinu...Shetevatel Milchamot, Ushfichut Damim” May it be the will before you...to be rid of wars and bloodshed...a prayer for peace.

SIM SHALOM/GRANT US PEACE

American Jewish Song Festival Finalist
Selected for American Cantors' Association
  • Tenor or Soprano, SATB, Piano

  • SATB, A Cappella (with/without soloist)

  • Solo Voice, Piano

Exemplifying the joy inherent in the poetry of Sim Shalom, I wrote a swingy, catchy tune which was first performed, a capella, by the University of Toronto Singers (SATB), but has been sung internationally by various choruses and cantors a capella, with piano accompaniment, as well as with string orchestra (recording here).

L'KHA DODI/COME, MY BELOVED

Max Helfman Institute Commission
  • 2 Tenors, SATB, Clarinet, Piano (drum optional)

A klezmer-inspired L'Kha Dodi. Text is from the Friday night prayers.

KI LO NAEH/TO HIM IT IS FITTING (HEBREW)

LA Jewish Symphony Commission
  • Mezzo Sop. Soloist, SATB, String Orchestra

  • Mezzo Sop., SATB, Piano

With text from the Passover Haggadah, Ki Lo Naeh was premiered in Toronto and then was commissioned to be arranged for string orchestra by the LA Jewish Symphony.

MAOZ TSUR/ROCK OF AGES 

From Illuminations--please see instrumental page
Winner, Shalshelet International Music Festival
LA Jewish Symphony Commission
  • Mezzo Soprano Soloist, SATB, String Orchestra

  • SATB, Piano

  •  Treble Choir

  • Baritone/Soprano Soloist

Taken from the second movement of my work, Illuminations, this Hanukkah poem is set to an original tune and has become so popular with many different arrangements as well choreographed into a ballet!

HANUKKAH CANDLE BLESSINGS 

Arrangement of Traditional Melodies
  • Baritone, SATB, Treble Chorus, Large Ensemble/Piano

  • Treble Chorus, Piano

An arrangement of the traditional Hanukkah Blessings.  Other settings available.

AND MORE—RECORDINGS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST:

SHIVITI/I COMPARED

  • SATB, Piano (Violin Optional)

AL NAHAROT BAVEL/ON THE RIVERS OF BABYLON

  • SATB, Piano

LIGHT AS AN EAGLE

Community Relations Council Commission
  • SSA

MUL HARUACH/AGAINST THE WIND

  • SATB, Piano

SHABCHI/PRAISE

  • SATB, Piano

BERON YACHAD/SONG AT DAWN

  • SATB, Piano

MA ASHIV LA'ADOSHEM/HOW SHALL I REPAY THE LORD?

  • SATB, Piano

HANACHAL SHAR LAEVEN/The STREAM SINGS to the STONE

  • SATB, Piano (Flute Optional)

ASHREI/PRAISEWORTHY

  • SATB

HAZAR/THE STRANGER

  • SATB, Piano

MEDINATEINU/OUR COUNTRY

  • SATB

B'SHIR VE'KOL TODAH/WITH SONG AND THANKS

  • SATB, Treble Choir (SSA)

ANI MAAMIN/I BELIEVE (arrangement)

  • Baritone, Treble Choir, Piano (Violin Optional)

ELI, ELI/G-D, MY G-D(arrangement)

  • Treble Choir, Piano (Violin Optional)

YESH LI TZIPOR KETANA BALEV/I HAVE A SMALL BIRD IN MY HEART

  • SAT ARRANGEMENT (a capella)

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