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A-DONAY RO-I (23rd Psalm)
by Michael Reid Winikoff

SATB or Two-Part Choir (Optional Soli), with Piano
Yizkor - Memorial Service


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A-donay Ro-i is, of course, the 23rd Psalm, which is found in the Yizkor (Memorial) Service recited on Yom Kippur, Sh'mini Atzeret, the last day of Passover, and the last day of Shavuot.

This setting of the Twenty-Third Psalm features a quiet and tranquil accompaniment (optional) designed to depict the "quiet waters" mentioned in the text, and the sedate, introspective music aims to plumb the depths of the soul.  The choral lines are constructed to avoid, to the degree possible, wide or difficult intervals for the singer, and parts often begin in unison before diverging in their various directions.  In the SATB version, the central section is set largely a cappella, not only to lend special solemnity to its text, but to set up a powerful effect when the accompaniment resumes in full.  

Effective execution of this work calls for a restrained emotional intensity, along with a sense of legato and shaping of line, and of the overall formal context of the piece.  At the recapitulation of the second main theme (measure 52), the melodic line switches from soprano to tenor, and care should be taken to bring this out slightly.  Challenge level - 3 out of 6 stars