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Avodath Hakodesh

(2,456 words)

Author(s): David M. Schiller, Athens (GA)
Avodath Hakodesh (Hebr.; "sacred service") is the title of a composition for solo voices, chorus, and orchestra by the Swiss-American composer Ernest Bloch (1880–1959). The basis for the work is the reformed Sabbath liturgy of the  Union Prayer Book for Jewish Worship. Its paradox, and a key reason for its historical importance, lies in its double nature as "Western" art music and "Jewish" synagogue music. 1. Introduction Avodath Hakodesh was the first artistic setting of a complete Jewish sacred service (Liturgy). Liturgical music, which traditionally consisted…
Date: 2017-08-17