Henry Dehlinger, Op. 6

kohelet

 

A Sacred Cantata in Four Movements
(To be sung in Hebrew)
Work-in-Progress

 

2018

I. Hakol Havel: 6'
II. La'kol Zman
III. Shir Hashirim
IV. Sof Davar

Music by Henry Dehlinger
Text Adapted from the Book of Ecclesiastes
(Click here for libretto)

Electronic Realization (1st Movement)



Dedication

To my wife, Lauren, with love.

Premiere

TBA

Notes

Kohelet: A Sacred Cantata is a four-movement work-in-progress for SATB, bass and soprano solos, organ, harp, timpani, and percussion, which is to be sung in Hebrew. Kohelet, which means “Teacher” or “Preacher” in Hebrew, is an adaptation of the Book of Ecclesiastes and was conceived by the composer as a companion piece to Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

The bass and soprano solos were written with two specific voices in mind. The voice of Kohelet (or King Solomon, according to tradition) is written for celebrated United States Army Chorus bass-baritone Kerry Wilkerson. The soprano solo (the lover of the king) is written for Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes. The 3rd movement is a love duet, a setting of text mostly from the Song of Songs, which opens with Ecclesiastes 9:9, "Enjoy life with the woman you love all the days of your vain life..."

The 1st movement, Hakol Havel, is complete. Dehlinger anticipates completing the full work by summer 2018. A scoring for full orchestra is also anticipated. The Hebrew text was transliterated by Lauren Kravetz Dehlinger, the composer's wife, to whom this work is lovingly dedicated. She is an attorney by profession, but her first passion has always been languages. She earned her degree in Linguistics, magna cum laude, from UCLA. Hebrew is one of her languages.

More to come...

Publisher

Henry Dehlinger Music Publishing

Available Scores

ISMN 979-0-58047-008-9 (1st Movement - SATB, Organ, Harp, Percussion)

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Categories

Vocal, Chamber

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