Eyt Hazamir, Schiller

Eyt Hazamir, Schiller


Composed By: Benjie Ellen Schiller

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Voicing: SATB

Language: Hebrew

Difficulty: moderate

Country: America

Solos: none

Instruments: none

Lyrics: Song of Songs 2:12, 14, Psalm 118:14, Shabbat liturgy

Year Composed/Published: 2017

Timing: 8:00

Tempo: fast, slow, fast

First Line: Eyt Hazamir higiya

The composer writes:
The Zamir Chorale has called us to song since its inception, fifty years ago. This piece is conceived as a celebration of that calling: Eyt hazamir higia - The time of singing has come. It is set to Biblical and liturgical verses that reflect the idea of waking up, hearing a call, and responding with the song of creation. I set the piece a cappella, (sans instrumentation,) to enable the listener to focus on the depth and breadth of colors, timbres and emotions solely of the choir. There are four sections: rhythmic and joyful, lyric and romantic, triumphant, then back to joy. May this piece add to the joy of commemorating fifty years of sacred singing.

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