Henry Dehlinger

kohelet

 

A Cantata in Five Movements

 

2018

41'

Music by Henry Dehlinger
Text Adapted from Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs

I.    


HAKOL HAVEL (6:20)
Vanity of Vanities

II.


LA'KOL ZMAN (6:10)
For Everything There is a Season

III.


SHIR HASHIRIM: A LOVE SONG (8:00)
Song of Songs

IV.


DIVREI CHACHAMIM (10:30)
The Wisdom of the Sages

V.


SOF DAVAR (9:30)
The Last Word

Music by Henry Dehlinger
Adapted from Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs

Commission

Commissioned jointly by the Washington Master Chorale and the Santa Clara Chorale.

Premiere

October 2019

Notes

Kohelet is a cantata in five movements by Henry Dehlinger for SATB chorus, bass-baritone solo, soprano solo, and instrumental forces that feature brass, timpani, percussion, harp, and organ. The Biblical Hebrew text was adapted from the Book of Ecclesiastes and transliterated by the composer’s wife, Lauren. 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 “gatherer” 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 role of Solomon, while the soprano soloist sings the role of his expectant bride in the third movement love duet adapted from the Song of Songs.

Conceived in the spirit of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and commissioned jointly by the Washington Master Chorale and the Santa Clara Chorale for their 2019-20 concert season, Kohelet combines lush, modal melodies and graceful, if unusual, meters and offers an ecumenical blend of Hebrew antiphonal singing and Christian choral tradition.

Publisher

Henry Dehlinger Music Publishing

Available Scores

ISMN 979-0-58047-008-9 (Conductor's Score)

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Categories

Vocal, Chamber

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