Rabbi Yisrael Najara (1550?-1625), a poet and a composer, was born to a distinguished family of Jews from Spain. He lived and worked in Damascus, Safed, and Gaza. He was one of the greatest Hebrew poets in the period after the expulsion from Spain.
Song of the month archive
*The notes sample is taken from the collection "Shirei Eretz Yisrael" of Jacob Schoenberg, where the melody appears in the song Shehav Beni, Shehav Bimenuha, with lyrics by Emanuel Harusi.
As clay in the hand of the potter,
Who expands or contracts it at will,
So are we in thy hand, gracious God;
Heed thy pact, heed not the accuser.
The widely known “Hebrew Melody” by Joseph Achron was composed in 1911 as a piece for violin, and as such it was performed in concerts of the “Society for Jewish Folk Music.” Later on, Achron returned to this work at least twice, creating new versions which are much less known. The version of 1928 is set for soprano and piano, with a Russian text written by Achron’s wife, Marie Rap-hoph Achron. It was intended to be performed by Nina Koschetz, the famous Russian soprano whose life intersected with major Russian composers such as Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev.
Piyyutim for the High Holidays
From the upcoming release of JMRC's-Anthology of Musical Traditions in Israel: The Historical Recordings of Haim Effendi of Turkey
The preparation of July's song of the month was inspired by several recent inquiries regarding the musical manuscripts of Obadiah the Proselyte. The staff of the Jewish Music Research Centre hopes that the information provided in the introduction, the accompanying recordings, and the bibliography will provide a general picture regarding this interesting set of early Hebrew musical manuscripts.
A Yemenite Shira.