Birkat Kohanim

Instrumentation: SATB Chorus
Duration: 4:25
Commission: The University Singers and conductor Michael Slon, of the University of Virginia
Premiere: 11/9/12
University Singers conducted by Michael Slon
Old Cabell Auditorium, UVA, Charlottesville, VA

Program Note:
Birkat Kohanim
, known as The Priestly Blessing, is drawn from the Bible, Numbers 6:24-26, of which I have set verses 24-26. The University of Virginia Singers and their Director, Michael Slon, commissioned my SATB a cappella setting of the original Hebrew text. Often found in ancient amulets, and traditionally recited by male descendents of Aaron, it has traditionally been performed during parts of the Sabbath and other services. It also appears in wide use in translation in the Christian liturgy. Conductor Michael Slon requested this particular text, and I was drawn to its rich tradition, as well as the spiritual and sonic qualities of the text. For more information visit –JS


May the Lord bless and keep you
May the Lord shine His face upon you and be gracious unto you.
May the Lord lift up His face to you and grant you peace.

Hebrew Transliteration

Y’-va-re-ch’-cha  A-do-nai v’-yish-m’-re-cha.
Ya-eir A-do-nai pa-nav ei-le-cha vi-chun-ne-ka
Yi-sa A-do-nai pa-nav  ei-le-cha v’-ya-seim l’-cha shalom.



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