Birkat Hakohanim

Instrumentation:  SATB Chorus

Duration:  4:25

Commission
The University Singers and conductor Michael Slon, of the University of Virginia

Premiere
11/9/12
Usingers conducted by Michael Slon
Old Cabell Auditorium, UVA
Charlottesville, VA

Program Note
Birkat Hakohanim
, known as The Priestly Blessing, is drawn from the Bible, Numbers 6:24-26. The University of Virginia Singers and their Director, Michael Slon, commissioned my SATB a cappella setting of the original Hebrew text. Often found in ancient amulets, and traditionally recited by male descendents of Aaron, it has traditionally been performed during parts of the Sabbath and other services. It also appears in wide use in translation in the Christian liturgy. Conductor Michael Slon requested this particular text, and I was drawn to its rich tradition, as well as the spiritual and sonic qualities of the text. For more information visit www.judithshatin.com. –JS

Translation

May the Lord bless and keep you
May the Lord shine His face upon you and be gracious unto you.
May the Lord lift up His face to you and give you peace.

Hebrew Transliteration

Ye-va-re-khe-kha A-do-nai ve-yish-me-re-kha.
Ya-er A-do-nai pa-nav e-ley-kha vi-chun-ne-ka
Yi-sa A-do-nai pa-nav e-ley-kha ve-ya-sem le-kha shalom.

 

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Sku
WM-2004
Description
Birkat Hakohanim
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