Aseret Makot (The Ten Plagues)

Instrumentation:: 3-part choir and piano; or 3-part choir, flute, cello, piano
Duration: 3:00
Premiere: 3/16/99
Judith Clurman Chorale
92nd St Y, New York, NY

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Program Note:
Aseret Makot, The Ten Plagues, is a round whose text consists of the Hebrew names of the ten plagues described in the Bible that descended on the Egyptians in a terrible crescendo before the Pharoh agreed to free the Jews from slavery. The story is retold each year during the holiday of Passover, with the order set in a compendium called the Haggadah. Narrative and prayers are interwoven with songs and discussion during the course of a dinner, called the Seder,  on the 15th day of the month of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar. The word Seder means order,  that goes from slavery to freedom.

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