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HATZI KADDISH for High Holy Day Musaf
by Michael Reid Winikoff

Cantor & Choir with optional organ or piano
Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

DURATION: 3:55                                                                            Purchase

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About the Kaddish Text

THE HIGH HOLY DAY KADDISH TEXT - During the ten-day period from Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur, an extra word (l'eila) is added to the Kaddish text to form the superlative case ("far above all blessings and hymns"), reflecting the special sanctity of the season.  In order to preserve the same number of words in the text, the two words immediately following are contracted to one ("min kol" to "mikol").

THE MUSIC - The Hatzi Kaddish that introduces the Musaf (Additional) service of the Days of Awe constitutes a powerful and momentous point in the ongoing day of worship.  The Musaf, especially on Rosh Hashanah, stands in relief as the climactic centerpiece of the day.  While the pure chant mode for this Kaddish is rather austere, the celebrated rendition by nineteenth-century composer Wolf “Velvele” Schestopol (after which this present setting is modeled) has become so widely known that its famous melody has come to be regarded as though it were nusach, even to the point of being used unabashedly by other composers.  While not utilizing that tune, the present setting echoes the grandeur and portent of Schestopol, and of this moment in the epic High Holy Day proceedings. 

Challenge level - 3 out of 6 stars

Translation of Kaddish Text