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S'u sh'arim 01:11
V'sham'ru 01:11
May the Words 02:02
Who is like Unto Thee? 01:50
 

Liner Notes

Will C. Macfarlane’s “Who Is Like Unto Thee?” (an English version of mi khamokha); C. Attenhofer’s “May the Words” (an English version of yih’yu l’ratzon, which in traditional services is said at the conclusion of the silently recited amida); and the v’sham’ru setting attributed to “Sparger-Dworzan” were all printed in the so-called Spicker-Sparger collection (see the biographical sketches of Max Spicker and William Sparger). Dworzan was not identified; his name appears on some obscure publications in Germany. This piece is a setting of an abbreviated text that first appeared in the preliminary, subsequently replaced 1892 edition of the Union Prayerbook that was authorized/compiled for the CCAR by Rabbi Isaac Moses of Milwaukee and Chicago.

By: Neil W. Levin

 

Lyrics

S'U SH'ARIM

Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lifted up, ye everlasting doors, for the King of glory shall enter. Who is the King of glory? The Lord of hosts-he is the King of glory.

V'SHAM'RU
Sung in Hebrew
Spicker-Sparger I
Words: Sabbath liturgy (Exodus 31: 16-17; Union Prayer Book abbreviation)

The children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, and observe it throughout all generations. It is a sign of an everlasting covenant, a bond between me and Israel forever.

MAY THE WORDS
Sung in English
Spicker-Sparger
Words: Union Prayer Book 1895

 O may the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight. O Lord—my strength, and my redeemer. Amen.

WHO IS LIKE UNTO THEE?
Sung in English
Spicker-Sparger I
Words: Union PRayer Book 1895 (adapted from mi khamokha, Hebrew liturgy)

Who is like unto Thee, O God, among the mighty? Who is like unto Thee? Glorious in holiness, glorious in holiness, extolled in praises, working wonders? God reigneth! God reigneth forever and ever.


 

Credits

Composer: C. Attenhofer
Composer: Will Macfarlane
Composer: William Sparger
Composer: Max Spicker

Length: 06:18
Genre: Liturgical

Performers: Richard Botton, Cantor;  Barbara Harbach, Organ;  Michael Isaacson, Conductor;  Rochester Singers;  Carolina Chamber ChoraleMargery Dodds, Organ;  Timothy Koch, Conductor

Date Recorded: 05/01/1992
Venue: Kilbourn Hall/Eastman School of Music (B), University of Rochester, New York
Engineer: Dusman, David
Assistant Engineer: Isaacson, Michael
Project Manager: Isaacson, Michael
Date Recorded: 05/01/1991
Venue: Kilbourn Hall/Eastman School of Music (M), University of Rochester, New York
Engineer: David Dusman, Shane McMartin
Assistant Engineer: Isaacson, Michael
Project Manager: Isaacson, Michael
Date Recorded: 06/01/2001
Venue: New Tabernacle Baptist Fourth Church, Charleston, North Carolina
Engineer: Rob Rapley (Recording), Tim Martyn (Editing)
Assistant Engineer: Aronczyk, Amanda
Assistant Engineer: Frost, David
Project Manager: Lee, Richard
Date Recorded: 05/01/1998
Venue: Riverside Church (B), New York
Engineer: Lazarus, Tom
Assistant Engineer: Frost, David
Project Manager: Levin, Neil

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