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Chanukah: Non-dopey Chanukah music



Below is a compilation of answers. A collective thanks to all who
responded -- you were too numerous to thank individually!.

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Mi zeh y'maleil, I think is the title, HaZamir pub, arr. Jacobsen
Hanukkah Blessings, Jeffers, Earthsongs
fun, a bit on the easy side: Ocho Kaldeliksa, Jagoda, arr. Jacobsen -
Transoncontinental? - guitar optional
Al Hanissim - Elliot Levine - Shadow Press - nice piece!
Lo V'Chayil - Elliot Levine - "
Weisgall - Fortress, Rock of Our Salvation - transcontinental?
Fromm - Hanukkah Madrigal - a bit light

These are the only ones I can stand of the ones I've seen!

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A SONG FOR CHANNUKAH by John Biggs (SATB, pno, fl) see it listed at
http://consortpress.com/Choral.html We can send a perusal copy if you
like.

Paul Mark
office(a)consortpress.com

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My favorite is S'Vivon published in 2 part treble with 2 violin obligato

by earthsongs. Great arrangement!

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I hope you have looked at the ChoralNet resources. There are several
of them, under:
choralnet.org > Repertoire > Lists > Other Occasions > Chanukah

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Herbert Fromm's arr. of "Mi Yemallel" is the best piece I know about
Chanukah.

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have you contacted Transcontinental Music Publishers? If there is
anything good, they will have
it.

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I've used "Hanerot Halalu" (before I came to the American University of
Beirut - chuckle) several times, and it's relatively low on the dopey
scale
in my opinion. Has a modicum of gravity - you can play on this feature,

tho it has a "ya ba bim bom" refrain.

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MORE THAN ENOUGH
Michael Isaacson
Westminster Conservatory Series
Transcontinental

Hanukah - with a gospel swing!! Great SATB piece!!

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If you are interested in high quality choral music for Chanukah
(something outside of the ya-ba-bim-bom vein!), you should contact Dr.
Frank Abrahams at Westminster Choir College. Over the past nine years,
he has presented a full length program of choral music appropriate for
Chanukah with his high school honors choir. In addition, he has
published a new Jewish Choral Music series for Transcontinental Music
(another great source) with several newly commissioned works.

Frank's e-mail is abrahams(a)rider.edu

Please tell him that I recommended you speak with him.

Good luck--

Jason Iannuzzi
iannuzzi(a)juno.com
Thanks!

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Hands down, my favorite (for any level of choir) is "Hannukah Dance" by
David Stocker. It is
written for three equal voices. You can add variety by mixing up the
parts or changing them from
year to year. Enjoy

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See my article
"Choral Music for Chanukah," The Choral Journal, September, 1990.
Also visit www.zamir.org. Look under resources and recordings.
Best wishes.
--
Josh Jacobson
Zamir(a)attbi.com

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It you will do me the favor of examining my web site, you will find a
new
piece of music for Hanukkah that is available in two-parts or in SATB.
A
detailed description with text is there. A hard copy will be sent at
your
request.

Sincerely,

Wallace De Pue
Picardie Court Publications

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* My e-mail address is wallace(a)bgnet.bgsu.edu
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* My homepage is located at http://mustec.bgsu.edu/~wallace *

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Agreed. Mi Yemalel is often a good one (good arrangements exist).
Check out Transcontinental Music Publications if you haven't
already.

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I agree with you regarding the scarce resources for good choral music
for Chanukah. Some pieces that I have used
with my temple choir that I think work quite well are:
Maoz Tsur (Rock of Ages) by Benedetto Marcello It has Hebrew and
English text and works well unaccompanied.
Lawson Gould Publ# 51861

Al HaNissim (Sing to God) Arr/Jacobson Transcontinental
#991306-11

S'Vivon (Dreidel Song) Arr/Flummerfelt Transcontinental
#993105
This also works unaccompanied.

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I agree with you about lack of really great rep. I enjoy the Davis
Eddleman
pieces: Make a Little Music for Hanukkah and Festival of Lights....both

available in 2, 3, & 4 part published by Coronet one of the presses of

Alexander Broude....

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I agree with you regarding the scarce resources for good choral music
for Chanukah. Some pieces that I have used
with my temple choir that I think work quite well are:
Maoz Tsur (Rock of Ages) by Benedetto Marcello It has Hebrew and
English text and works well unaccompanied.
Lawson Gould Publ# 51861

Al HaNissim (Sing to God) Arr/Jacobson Transcontinental
#991306-11

S'Vivon (Dreidel Song) Arr/Flummerfelt Transcontinental
#993105
This also works unaccompanied.

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Mark Shapiro (Cantori New York, Monmouth Civic Chorus, Mannes College of
Music)
shapiro(a)monmouth.com

on February 11, 2003 10:00pm
I arranged a non-dopey traditional chanukah song. SATB in Hebrew. Fairly easy level of difficulty. You can see and hear the score if you go to www.songsforrall.com. It's called, "Hayo, Haya".
on February 6, 2011 4:29pm
Addendum to "Hayo, Haya" - you can download this music FOR FREE.  Just notify kayne_@_songsforall.com (eliminate underscoring) if you plan to do so and/or rehearse and perform it.
on July 10, 2004 10:00pm
Mark Shapiro of Cantori NY has recommended by arr. of "al Hanissim.
I also have a composition "Lo V'Chayil" (Not by might nor by power- Zachariah)
which has been done and recorded by many choirs around the country. It is recorded by
the Western wind Vocal Ensemble on their NPR cd The Chanukkah Story. It has been performed at 4 ACDA conventions. It is available through Shadow Press Other Jewish material is
Al hanissim, Ashrey Hagafrur (Holocast remembrance) Drey zikh Dreydele, Hayo Haya, Chanukkah, oy chanukkah, Mi y'malel, mi zeh y'malel etc. For a catelogue send e mail request.

Elliot Z. Levine (of the Western Wind)