Kohelet: A Cantata

in Five Movements



2019


Duration: 41 minutes

Music by Henry Dehlinger
Hebrew text from the Book of Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs

for SATB Chorus, Bass-Baritone and Soprano Solos,
2 Trumpets in C, 2 Horns in F, Bass Trombone,
Timpani, Percussion, Harp and Organ

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Kohelet: A Cantata in Five Movements
I. Hakol Havel (All is Vanity) (mp3)

 

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Kohelet: A Cantata in Five Movements
II. La'kol Zman (For Everything a Season) (mp3)

 

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Kohelet: A Cantata in Five Movements
III. Shir Hashirim (Song of Songs) (mp3)

 

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Kohelet: A Cantata in Five Movements
IV. Divrei Chachamim (The Wisdom of the Sages) (mp3)

 

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Kohelet: A Cantata in Five Movements
V. Sof Davar (The Last Word) (mp3)

 

Commission

Co-commissioned by the Washington Master Chorale and the Santa Clara Chorale.

Washington Master ChoraleMaestro Thomas Colohan and the Washington Master Chorale

Premiere

WORLD PREMIERE
October 27, 2019, Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC.
Washington Master Chorale, Thomas Colohan, Artistic Director.
Kerry Wilkerson, bass-baritone
Danielle Talamantes, soprano

WEST COAST
May 8, 2020, Mission Santa Clara de Asís, Santa Clara, CA.
Santa Clara Chorale and SCU Concert Choir, Scot Hanna-Weir, Artistic Director.
Kerry Wilkerson, bass-baritone
Danielle Talamantes, soprano

Notes

Co-commissioned by the Washington Master Chorale and the Santa Clara Chorale for their 2019-20 seasons, Kohelet is a cantata in five movements by Henry Dehlinger for SATB chorus, bass-baritone and soprano solos, and instrumental forces that feature brass, timpani, percussion, harp and organ. Sung in Hebrew, it combines lush, modal melodies, energetic meters and colorful harmonic textures, and offers an ecumenical blend of Hebrew antiphonal singing and Christian choral tradition.

The Biblical Hebrew text was adapted from the Book of Ecclesiastes and transliterated by the composer’s wife, Lauren Kravetz Dehlinger. Ecclesiastes is one of twenty-four books of the Tanakh, or Hebrew Bible, and is also among the canonical Wisdom Books in the Old Testament of most Christian denominations. The title, Ecclesiastes, is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word, Kohelet, which means “one who gathers others together” or “teacher.”

According to Jewish tradition, King Solomon is the author, who discusses the meaning of life and the best way to live it. The bass-baritone soloist sings the part of Solomon, while the soprano soloist sings the part of his expectant bride in the third movement love duet adapted from the Song of Songs. The composer penned the solo parts especially for bass-baritone Kerry Wilkerson and Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes.

Conceived in the spirit of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Kohelet expresses a modern, yet tonal American aesthetic that synthesizes classical and vernacular elements. Its strong, unique themes and leitmotifs are rendered from a diverse musical palette to reflect the text and emotions it elicits. These rich musical fragments come together into a meaningful—and often dramatic—aural experience.

Categories

Choral, Orchestral, Chamber

Publisher

Henry Dehlinger Music Publishing

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Conceived in the spirit of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and co-commissioned by the Washington Master Chorale and the Santa Clara Chorale, Henry Dehlinger's Kohelet gives you lush, modal melodies, energetic meters, and colorful harmonic textures with Hebrew text drawn from the Book of Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs.

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