Instrumentation: SATB Chorus
Christopher Newport Choir
Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA
Adonai R’oi flowed from my response to the assasination of Yitzhak Rabin on 11/4/95, and is dedicated to his memory. I composed the main draft during the week following his death. Though one feels that no response is adequate, music, as well as this particular psalm, offer some comfort. I wish to thank conductor Judith Clurman and my husband Michael Kubovy for their assistance with the Hebrew prosody. Adonai Ro’i was composed in Hebrew and I urge choruses to perform it in the original language. Adonai Ro’i is available on New World CD (No. 80504-2) “Divine Granduer,” in a recording by the New York Concert Singers, conducted by Judith Clurman.–JS
“Pieces like…Judith Shatin’s Adonai Ro’i were beautifully shaped and provided a calm relief from the cheery folk styles.” – Times Union, Joseph Dalton
Adonai Ro’i (Psalm 23) for a cappella SATB chorus was composed by Judith Shatin. It was written during the week after November 4, 1995 which marked the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, then Prime Minister of Israel. The text of Psalm 23 is sung in Hebrew with simplicity of texture and harmonic language. While the words of the text attempt to provide comfort to those morning this tragedy, there is an undercurrent of sadness and loss. There are many nice moments of texture and register contrasts in this accessible work.
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