Hashkiveinu (2010)


For Bass-Baritone and piano


Commissioned by:
Cantor Zev Sonnenstein
Temple Beth El, Ormond Beach, FL

Cantor Zev Sonnenstein, baritone
Temple Beth El, Ormond Beach, FL
February 26, 2011

Program notes:

My setting of the famous Hashkiveinu text found in the Friday night Jewish prayer liturgy was inspired mostly by the text itself – the lullaby-like text of the first sentence, the increasingly impassionate pleas for safety and peace in the following sentences, and the closing benediction that to me revives the lullaby-like feel.  Of course, I also owe a debt of gratitude to Janowski, Lewandowski, Davidson and other notable Jewish composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, whose music I enjoy singing in my synagogue’s Choir, and whose sounds reverberated in my ears and helped to inspire me while I composed this setting.

This setting was requested by Cantorial Intern Zev M. Sonnenstein, of Temple Beth El in Ormond Beach, FL, in July 2010 at the ACC/GTM Conference in Memphis.  I am delighted to have had the opportunity to compose an original work for him, and I appreciate his encouragement and support and the support of his congregation.