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The majesty of this liturgical text taken from biblical passages, must have inspired the melodic theme for this composition. Sung in the synagogue when the Torah is carried in a procession, the melody (in a shortened form) was among the "standards" by Nowakowsky used in the Brody Synagogue during the early years of the 20th century. It was first introduced at the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York by Cantor David Lefkowitz in 1979. The compilation and arrangement by Lefkowitz (1988) used in this publication is based on four variant a cappella settings in manuscript, by Nowakowsky, all on the same basic melodic theme. By combining the best choral and harmonic aspects of these four pieces, and then adding a complementing accompaniment, Lefkowitz produced a piece that has been successful in both concert and worship. This arrangement was introduced in 1989 in Royce Hall at UCLA with the late Roger Wagner conducting.
|Series:||David Nowakowsky Choral Series|
|Category:||Sacred Jewish Choral|
|Voicing:||SATB Chorus, Piano or Organ|