Henry Dehlinger, Op. 6

kohelet

 

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

 

2018

I. Hakol Havel: 6:20
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

A setting of the Biblical books of Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs, Dehlinger’s Kohelet is a cantata in four movements that combines SATB chorus and soloists singing Hebrew text with orchestral forces. A reduction for organ, harp, timpani and percussion will also be available.

With its lush, modal melodies and unusual meters, Kohelet juxtaposes vocal part writing typically associated with church music—especially melody-dominated homophony, in which the high voices sing the melodic line, and the accompanying voices articulate the underlying harmony—with antiphonal response typical of Judaic liturgical tradition.

From the vigorous, scherzo-like dance in septuple meter of Ecclesiastes 1 (“Vanity of vanities, all is vanity!”) to the ecstatic love duet of Songs 1 and 2 (“My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh that lies between my breasts.”), Kohelet is an ecumenical blend of Biblical Hebrew verse and Christian choral tradition.

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 love duet, a setting of text from Song of Songs, opens with Ecclesiastes 9:9, "Enjoy life with the woman you love all the days of your vain life..."

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.

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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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