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Need good Hanukkah music

I am always looking for quality Hanukkah music to use for our winter concerts.  Can anyone give me some suggestions for ssa or satb choirs?
Thanks so much!
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on July 24, 2011 8:56am
There used to be a real dearth of good Hanukkah music, but fortunately there are quite a few fine pieces now.  Here are my favorite SATB pieces.
Elliot Levine - Al Hanissim - shadow Press?
Elliot Levine - Lo v'chayil  - ditto
Weissgall - Fortress, Rock of Our Salvation (Maos Tsur?) - transcontnental
Jeffers - Hanukkah Blessings - earthsongs
JAcobson - Mi Zeh Y'maleil - transcon
arr Zuckerman - Ikh bin a kleyner dreydl (ECS?)
Isaccson - Light the LEgend
Stanley Hoffman Mi y’maleil (who can recount) - ECS
and if you can find Matthew Lazar's doo-wop arrangement of I have a little dreydl, it's fabulous fun
David Janower
and of course the famous Herbert Froom Hanukkah Madrigal
on July 24, 2011 10:28am
<<arr Zuckerman - Ikh bin a kleyner dreydl (ECS?)>>
Carl Fischer publishes this one...highly recommended, yes!
If, by any chance, you have a band with horns available, I have an arrangement of *Al Hanissim* (We Thank You for the Miracles) for SA(T)B, brass 5tet (1-2-1-1), keyboard, guitar (opt.), e-bass, drums & tambourine. The tuba part is optional, and the horns scoring is easily customized.
I can send a score for perusal if it might be of interest.
Hope this helps,
Robert A.M. Ross
on July 24, 2011 3:58pm
My personal bias is to avoid a) programming a piece that is in Hebrew and calling it "our Chanukah piece" if it is not in fact a Chanukah piece (though programming non-Chanukah music in Hebrew is something that is wonderful to do in non-holiday concerts... Erev Shel Shoshanim, Uri Tziyon, Hayoshevet Baganim, Bashanah Haba'ah, many options by Rossi... the list goes on)... b) certain pieces in English that are not authentic Chanukah pieces, but rather, pieces written specifically to cater to the school choirs looking to fill the "Chanukah slot" in their concerts.
All of that said, some of my personal favorites are...
S'vivon (arr. Bertaux)
Al Hanisim- either Frimer or Levine
Lo V'Chayil- Levine (text from the Haftarah portion read on Chanukah, contains both Hebrew and English text, great piece)
Chanukah Variations- Jacobson
Ocho Kandelikas- Jagoda
Y'mei HaChanukah (unpublished, my own SATB arrangement, happy to share)
A Suite for Chanukah- Stephen Barnett
Mi Y'maleil- arr. Helfman (or Fromm, or others)
Light One Candle- arr. DeCormier
on August 4, 2011 11:35pm
Check out John Leavitt's Ose Shalom.  Lovely, comes together easily, very effective.  Optional instrumental parts.
on August 5, 2011 9:25am
Bruce Rockwell recommends John Leavitt's "Ose Shalom."
It's a pretty, inoffensive tune, but there's nothing about it that pertains in particular to Hanukah.  The text is from the daily service, which means three times daily, but since the longer texts to which it is the conclusion (among them the Kaddish) are recited several times at each of those, it's even more.  At 365 days a year, there's even less about it that speaks to Hanukah.
Best regards,
Jerome Hoberman
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