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Adaptabilities for
Choral Works By Michael Reid Winikoff

Optional Accompaniment - With the exceptions of Psalm 24, Psalm 93 and Psalm 117, all works with accompaniment may be sung a cappella.  (Note on organ parts)

Hebrew or English – The following works feature alternate language singing texts.

Hashkiveinu – Night Prayer
Kadsheinu – “Bring Us in Hallowed Service to You”
L'dor Vador - "From Age to Age"
Psalm 24
Psalm 29
Psalm 93
Psalm 113
Psalm 117
Psalm 150
Shalom Rav – “Grant Peace”
Shiviti – “Before Me I Have Ever Set the Lord”
S’u Sh’arim – “Lift high your lintels”

Abridgment / Excerpting – The following longer works may be abridged or excerpted in
one or more of the ways indicated.   

Hashkiveinu (1989)  Listen/View

  1. Begin at measure 1, singing through measure 32 “l’ma-an sh’mecha.”
  2. Sing final section starting or resuming at measure 75 to the end.
  3. Both of the above.  (In between, congregation might read entire prayer
    in English.) 

Ki Kh'shimcha  Listen/View

  1. Sing opening through measure 9.  Cantor might continue ad lib.
  2. Sing concluding section, beginning at measure 61 to the end.

L’cha Dodi  Listen/View

May be abridged in a variety of ways, but typically should feature at least 3 or 4 of the verses including the first and last, and conclude as written.  Begin either at Measure 1 (Measure 2 if a cappella) or Measure 10.

Uv’shofar Gadol  Listen/View

  1. Sing measure 1 through measure 22.
  2. Begin at cantor/tenor solo, measure 39 to the end.
  3. Begin or resume at soprano solo, measure 55 to the end.
  4. See separately published excerpt – K’vakarat.
  5. Begin or resume at final fugue – measure 85 to the end.
  6. Choir sings Un’ta-ne Tokef (separate work).  Congregation might
    read aloud in English or quietly in Hebrew through “et g’zar dinam.” 
    Choir concludes from measure 85.

V’al Y’dei (Zichronot)  Listen/View

  1. Sing opening section through measure 46 or 60.  May then optionally
    pick up at measure 120 to end.
  2. Begin at measure 61 “v'zacharti ani” through measure 119, or to the end.
  3. Begin at measure 85 “Havein yakir li” through measure 119 (this excerpt published separately), or to the end.
  4. Final fugue and coda beginning at measure 120.

Psalm 113  Listen/View

  1. Sing opening section through measure 27.
  2. Conclude, starting either with solo at measure 72, or with final fugue
    at measure 80.

Ya-aleh  Listen/View

For use in-service, Ya-aleh may be abridged or excerpted.  For example, sing opening one or two verses of this rendition. Then perhaps sing middle four verses congrega-tionally to an alternate tune, or read in English.  Then conclude with final one or two verses of this rendition.

Other Adaptations / Variations

Adon Olam Listen/View

This hymn may be sung in parts or unison, with or without accompaniment.  It may be adapted for men's voices (TTBB), with the following voicing:
        Soprano - sung by Tenor I
        Alto - sung by Bass I
        Tenor - sung by Tenor II
        Bass - sung by Bass II

If organ is used, each verse may be varied, e.g., men's voices, unison, a cappella, change of organ stops and registration, etc.  Click here for an audio demonstration. 

A-donay Ro-i (2-part version)  Listen/View

A-donay Ro-i (2-part) may be sung in this version with solo voices throughout, tutti throughout, or both (as indicated in the score).  May be performed with Soprano-Alto or Tenor-Bass voicing, or with soprano-tenor on the top, and alto-bass on the bottom.  Accompaniment is optional.

Psalm 117 Listen/View

Instrumental part shown in this full score is for Flute or Violin (see separate part included).  Clarinet part (see separate part included) differs slightly to accommodate aesthetically desirable range.  May be played on Piccolo Trumpet (B-flat part included) or Recorder ad lib.

Vocal part may be performed in various ways, such as:
  1.  SOLO VOICE throughout
  2.  UNISON CHOIR throughout
       a.  Treble only (women and/or children)
       b.  Men only
       c.  Both treble and men
  3.  SOLO & UNISON CHOIR - e.g.,
          Bars 2-16 – Solo
          Bars 17-24 – Choir
          Bars 26-42 – Solo
          Bar 43  end -- Choir

V'shamru (Duet, Choir, Cong)  Listen/View

CHOIR is optional, and may alternatively be sung in 2 parts using the Soprano and Alto lines.  In all cases, CONGREGATION joins in the Refrain at Bar #10.

MEN'S VOICES may alternatively sing the choir parts using the following assignments:

SOLO PARTS may be sung by any suitable combination of voice parts (e.g., Sop/Alto, Tenor/Bass or Tenor/Alto)

ACCOMPANIMENT is optional.

Yigdal  Listen/View

This hymn can be performed in various ways:

Yism'chu  Listen/View

May be performed in any of the following ways: