Simon Sargon :: Jewish-Themed Works :: Orchestra or chamber ensemble with chorus and-or solo voice(s)
B'Kol Shofar ("With the Voice of the Shofar") (1992)
Soprano solo/SATB/brass quintet (2 trumpets; 1 horn; 2 trombones)/organ. The title indicates the brass accompaniment of these three psalms. A dramatic and substantial setting in which the many colors and full sound of the organ is contrasted in sonority with the power of the brass quintet.

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Hallel - 2000 (1997)
SATB/brass quintet (2 trumpets; 1 horn; 2 trombones)/timpani/piano. A setting of the four "Hallel" psalms (Psalms 114-118), recited on the Jewish festivals. Here treated in a grander fashion to mark the beginning of a new millennium.

Psalms of Qumran (1986)
Baritone solo/SATB/orchestra. A selection of texts from the Dead Sea scrolls, translated and adapted from the Hebrew by the composer. The orchestration is highly eclectic with unusual effects utilized to evoke the dry landscape where the Essene sect, the presumed authors of the scrolls, lived in the 1st century, B.C.E. Arresting and dramatic, this singular work has a spiritual and ancient feel and provides interesting programming opportunities for a major orchestral/choral program.

Symphony No. 1 - Holocaust (1985)
A stirring and powerful three movement work premiered by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 1991 conducted by Eduardo Mata. The third movement is a setting of the Kaddish, the traditional Jewish prayer for the dead, for baritone solo and TTBB male chorus.

The Search Unending (2000)
Treble (Isaac); Baritone (heavenly voice); Bass (Abraham); Narrator (tenor)/SATB/orchestra. A dramatic musical retelling of the Biblical story of The Binding of Isaac (Genesis XXII 1-18) with choral interlude texts by the composer. The narrator sings the actual Biblical text, which is so brief and laconic. The chorus is used to give the subtext-- the composer's fleshing out of the strong emotions underlying the factual Biblical account. Commissioned by Susquehanna University for its Jewish-Christian Dialogue Conference.

The Story of Ruth (2000)
A theatre piece in one act for singers, dancers and instrumental ensemble which tells the moving story of friendship, loyalty and love between Ruth and Naomi. Well-suited for ecumenical or Shavuot programs. Designed to be performed in flexible space in churches or synagogues.

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