Silent Devotion from Sacred Service, Ernest Bloch

Silent Devotion from Sacred Service, Ernest Bloch


Composed By: Ernest Bloch

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Voicing: SATB


Event/Holiday: Shabbat

Language: Hebrew or English

Difficulty: moderate

Country: America/Swiss

Solos: none

Instruments: none (optional organ introduction)

Lyrics: Psalm 19

Publisher: Broude Brothers

Year Composed/Published: 1933

Timing: 2:15 (without the oran introduction)

Tempo: slow

First Line: yihyu lerotson imrey fiy

description: This octavo is a brief excerpt from Bloch’s magnum opus, “Sacred Service” (“Avodat Hakodesh”), one of the only truly great choral-orchestral settings of the Jewish liturgy. The brief prelude (“silent devotion”) for keyboard (actually a reduction of the orchestration) may easily be omitted. This neo-romantic work gives the chorus the opportunity to show off its blend and its ability to phrase expressively. The tempo is slow, the mood is contemplative and the mode is Dorian.

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