View the full score of
"Song of Songs"
This page will link you the full score of Baruch Skeer's "Song of Songs", completed in 1994 and premiered at a private wedding by Cindy Richards Wallace in August of 1994.
- Click here to view a PDF file containing the two pages of the score.
- Click here to download a 3.5Mb .MP3 file recording of the entire piece.
- Click here to access a podcast of an archived February 26, 2005 radio broadcast of the entire piece on Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar.
(Use the scroll bar to move forward to 00:32:04. Expanding to full screen will help in manipulating the scroll bar.
The recording is proceeded by an introduction at 00:31:10 and followed by futher commentary as well.)
About the Piece
The text for "Song of Songs" is the traditional Hebrew "I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine," Song of Songs 6:3, often recited by Jewish brides,
combined with the nearby "This is my beloved, this is my friend," found in Song of Songs 5:10-5:16.
The texts are traditionally attributed to King Solomon.
The composer has set the text for an a cappella soprano voice.
About the Piece's Origins
The piece was composed especially for a wedding.
A quartet was hired, and a third piece for soprano was needed to use with a pre-existing alto/tenor duet and baritone solo.
About the Music
An investigation into the mordent ornament placed within a shifting modal language,
the piece is ostensibly in B flat minor, with trips to B flat major and other tonalities.
The setting is slow and sweet,
and the word painting even includes a cawing raven.
The piece reaches a high B flat in the final page,
but the real challenge is the piano high A flat half note that starts the repetition of the opening word phrase at the end.
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