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by Michael Reid Winikoff

HYMN in Four Parts (SATB)
Shabbat & Yom Tov

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-- Listen/View (SATB a cappella)
-- Listen Only (organ with verse variations)

THE TEXT IN LITURGY - The universally familiar hymns Adon Olam and Yigdal occur near the very beginning of our daily morning liturgy, to inspire in us a mood of awe.  They are also sung at the conclusion of Shabbat or Yom Tov (holy day) services.  While Yigdal is often sung to conclude the evening service, Adon Olam often concludes Musaf.  Tradition tells us that we sing these hymns at the end of services so as to demonstrate our reluctance to leave the synagogue, and our eagerness to take up our prayers again from the beginning. 

There is a tradition of reciting this hymn without melody in attendance to the dying, and to announce a death within the community, presumably apropos of the final verse.

Adon Olam is often, though not universally, attributed to Solomon ibn Gabirol (1021–1058).

THE MUSIC / PERFORMANCE - The text of Adon Olam is widely acknowledged for its adaptability to most any tune (sometimes with questionable results!).  The present setting is an original melody, and may be sung in its four parts or in unison, with or without accompaniment.  It may also be adapted for men's voices (TTBB) with the following voicing:
                Soprano (melody) - sung by Tenor I
                Alto - sung by Bass I
                Tenor - sung by Tenor II
                Bass - sung by Bass II

VERSE VARIATIONS:  If organ accompaniment is used, it is possible to vary each verse by way of different stops and registrations, as well as via different choral voicings including a cappella, unison or men's voices (see above).  Click here for an audio demonstration.

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Adon olam asher malach

B’terem kol y’tzir nivra

L’eit nasa v’cheftzo kol

Azai melech sh’mo nikra


V’acharei kichlot hakol
L’vado yimloch nora

V’hu haya v’hu hove

V’hu yihye b’tif-ara


V’hu echad v’ein sheini

L’ham shil lo l’hachbira

B’li reisheet b’li tachlit

V’lo ha-oz v’hamisra


V’hu eili v’chai go-ali

V’tzur chevli b’eit tzara

V’hu nisi umanos li

M’nat kosi b’yom ekra


B’yado afkid ruchi

B’eit ishan v’a-ira

V’im ruchi g’vi-ati

A-donay li v’lo i-ra.

Master eternal Who reigned

Before any creature lived;

When all came to being by His will

His name was Sovereign.


When all shall cease to exist

He alone will rule in awe

He was, He is,

He will be, glorious and eternal.


Unique and unparalleled is He,

Incomparable and peerless

Without beginning, without end,

Power and dominion are His.


He is my G-d and my living savior,

My rock against trouble,

My guide and my refuge,

My provider in the day of need.


In His hand I commend my spirit,

In sleep and in waking,

In my spirit and in my flesh,

The Lord is with me, I have no fear.