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K'VAKARAT (excerpt from Uv'shofar Gadol)
by Michael Reid Winikoff

Soprano Solo & Choir (SATB div.) with optional organ
Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

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THE TEXT - “As a shepherd musters his flock, bringing each under his staff, so do You summon and pass each living soul before You.”  This passage from Un’ta-ne Tokef is yet another moment of musical inspiration for the cantor and choir.  Its imagery invites music of a pastoral and even hypnotic nature. 

THE MUSIC - K'vakarat, with its featured soprano solo, is excerpted from the setting Uv’shofar Gadol.  It may be sung alone, most likely preceded and followed by solo chanting by the cantor, English reading by rabbi or congregation, or in conjunction with other portions of the larger work.  See Adaptabilities for Uv'shofar Gadol.  See also related settings, Un'ta-ne Tokef and Ki Kh'shimcha.

PERFORMANCE - A very deliberate, slow tempo is important in this passage, and it will be preferable that the soloist take additional breaths as needed, rather than speeding up. 

Challenge level - 2 out of 6 stars

K’vakarat ro-e edro
Ma-avir tzo-no tachat shivto
Kein ta-avir v’tispor v’timne
V’tifkod nefesh kol chai

As a shepherd musters his flock,
Bringing each under his staff,
So do You summon
And pass each living soul before You.