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Music with a Jerusalem theme

My mixed chamber choir (about 28 voices, semi-pro) will be doing a concert of works focusing on Jerusalem, from both Christian and Jewish viewpoints. So far on the program are Sumaya Lamentations, Sweelinck Ps 137, some short works by Hugo C Adler, and a new commission from Avner Dorman. I'd love some ideas for medieval Pilgrimmage or Crusades music, some early American "New Jerusalem" sort of things, and something from the Holocaust era (Terezin or other camps.) The ensemble sings a cappella or with organ, so pieces with piano or instrumental ensembles won't work. Any ideas helpful, especially if you can tell me WHERE to find a score!
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on August 5, 2014 2:20pm
A nice question for Musica, the database of choral music. Just go to , and there ask for the keyword Jerusalem.
You will get so many answers that you may want to input additional criteria. For this, use preferably the search form under the button "more criteria"...
Good luck
on August 5, 2014 2:37pm
If the group is strong, you might consider the Kurt Weill "Recordare." It's a setting of chapter 5 of Lamentations, a very early work (perhaps his graduation piece) from 1923 into which the precocious Busoni student puts everything he knows. Though it's earlier than the Holocaust era, Weill was one of the main "Entartete" composers along with Schoenberg, Hindemith and Stravinsky, so it might fit your needs. Around 23 minutes, unaccompanied, with difficult pitch challenges that can make it hard to sell early in the rehearsal process but it will grow on them. Schott. But it does require a children's chorus.
Best regards,
Jerome Hoberman
Music Director/Conductor, The Hong Kong Bach Choir & Orchestra
on August 6, 2014 2:33am
here's a suggestion:
"I give you the end of a golden string,
Only wind it into a ball:
It will lead you in at Heavens gate,
Built in Jerusalems wall."
words by William Blake (1757-1827)
from Jerusalem, The Emanation of the Giant Albion
musical setting by Paul Ayres for four solo voices and/or choir SATB
duration 1' 30"
this work was awarded joint second place in the William Blake Society's Tithe Grant composition competition (2012)
see a live performance of this piece at:
(music starts at 7:14)
sheet music and other info here:
on August 6, 2014 2:36am
and, famously, the William Blake words to the hymn "Jerusalem" (music by C H H Parry) - it's becoming an alternative National Anthem here in England (and perhaps we will need a new national anthem, if Scotland votes for independence next month!)
- Paul Ayres
United (for now) Kingdom
on August 13, 2014 1:18pm
Of course! That one goes without saying. We always have a hymn or similar for "audience participation."
on August 6, 2014 2:39am
and any number of settings of Psalm 122 "O pray for the peace of Jerusalem", including, but not limited to, those by Herbert Howells, John Blow, Thomas Tomkins, Paul Ayres
on August 13, 2014 1:15pm
In fact, I think we'll do Carlyle Sharpe's setting of Ps 122.
on August 6, 2014 2:41am
final suggestion:
"Hierusalem" by 
Sir George Dyson (1883-1964)
a few samples online here:
on August 6, 2014 6:03am
From ECS Publishing:
KYR, Robert: O Jerusalem, #6100, (SATB divisi), [General]
Stanley M. Hoffman, Ph.D.
Chief Editor
615 Concord Street, Framingham, MA 01702
e-mail: smhoffman(a) 
Canticle Distributing, 1727 Larkin Williams Road Fenton, MO 63026-2024 
ph 800-647-2117 (USA only)     
ph. 636-305-0100 (outside USA and inside metro St. Louis)
fax  636-305-0121
e-mail: morningstar(a) 
on August 13, 2014 1:18pm
Thanks, Stanley!
on August 6, 2014 6:11am
Check the website of Josh Jacobson:!jewish-choral/cq66 
If you don't find what you want, contact Dr Jacobson directly
Also check the resources section of the Zamir Choral Foundation.
on August 13, 2014 1:16pm
thanks, I've got an email in to him now!
on August 6, 2014 8:05am
I have three psalms for choir and organ (121, 133, 150). Instrumental version is here: 

Three Psalms for Orchestra  


Please let me know if you'd like to see the scores.


Thanks, all best Donald Sosin dsosin(a)

on August 6, 2014 8:16am
"Jerusalem" by Hubert Parry; "The Holy City" by Stephen Adams (there are numerous arrangments on J.W. Pepper). Usually done for Palm Sunday, but can be done anytime of the year.
Tina Heidrich
Connecticut Master Chorale
on August 6, 2014 9:09am
Oh my goodness, Abbie Betinis' Jerusalem Luminosa!  Don't let the 2-part voicing fool you -- it's an ecstatic piece worthy of any semi-pro ensemble.
You'll find a particularly "luminous" performance by Minnesota Choral Artists on the composer's website, as well as a video of Abbie performing the duet version of the song herself, with soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw.
Elizabeth Alexander
Applauded by an audience of 2
on August 6, 2014 11:18am
I echo the suggestions of Parry's "Jerusalem."
In addition, I would suggest madrigal works taken from Tasso's "Gerusalleme liberata" (Jerusalem Delivered). There is a set by Giaches de Wert, and several selections from Monteverdi's 8th book draw from the epic poem. 
on August 6, 2014 3:55pm
Hi Jennifer:
You might consider my setting of the Avigdor Hamieri poem, Y'rushalayim, published by Transcontinental (993325).  Should be quite easy for a semi-pro group to put together.
Although scored for SATB and piano, the keyboard part should transfer to organ very nicely.  A performance may be heard at:
Bob Applebaum
on August 13, 2014 1:23pm
Thanks, Bob! I have fond memories of recording some of your stuff for ECS.
on August 14, 2014 2:45am
William Byrd's Civitas sancti tui (Bow thine ear, O Lord) "Bow thine ear, O Lord, and hear us: Let thine anger cease from us. Sion is wasted and brought low, Jerusalem desolate and void." 
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