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Y'susum Midbar (The Desert Shall Be Glad)

By David Zahavi

(SATB choir a cappella)
Composed by David Zahavi. Arranged by Alice Parker. Transcontinental Music Choral. Jewish, A Cappella, Concert. 20 pages. Transcontinental Music #991420. Published by Transcontinental Music (HL.191287).

Item Number: HL.191287

6.75x10.5 inches.

For SATB a cappella (rehearsal piano included) in Hebrew, text from Isaiah 35: 1,6.

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  • 4

    Joel Navarro
    Grand Rapids, MI
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  • 2012-11-03 00:00:00.0 Appropriate contextual piece for Advent

    My choir is singing this piece this Advent for a Service of Lessons and Carols. If you are looking for a piece that provides appropriate and accessible musical context for the Hebraic text of Isaiah 35, look no further. Alice Parker's setting is sensitive to the style. Her penchant...

    for open fourths and fifths, canonic and textural writing is evident here. Work the text well, have the choir listen to the interchange of the cantus firmus so there is give and take between foreground and background, and spatial dimension is kept. Listen to Hebrew folk songs to get a flavor of the vocal timbre and inflection that could provide more color and stylistic practice.

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