Hashkivenu, Bernstein

Hashkivenu, Bernstein


Composed By: Leonard Bernstein

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Voicing: SATB

Language: Hebrew

Difficulty: challenging

Country: America

Solos: tenor

Instruments: organ

Lyrics: liturgy

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes

Year Composed/Published: 1945

Timing: 6:30

Tempo: slow, then fast, then slow again

First Line: hashkivenu adonai eloheinu le-shalom

description: This early work by Bernstein is a setting of the evening prayer for peace, commissioned by New York’s Park Avenue Synagogue. In ternary form, the outside sections in the Phrygian mode in flowing triple time, stand in sharp contrast with the highly syncopated Lydian middle section. The modern edition has been edited by Jack Gottlieb. But it is worth examining the original publication by G. Schirmer.

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