Sacred Choral

Here are religious or religion-related settings on texts from a variety of sources, scriptural, liturgical, and secular/spiritual. Some are from the Old Testament; the Kedushah is a traditional sanctification for the High Holy Days. The William Blake poems are religious in their references to the deity. “Angels” and “Chanukah” are settings of my own lyrics.

Lyrics by
view score Chanukah Tonight! SATB (opt. div.) piano 2’45 David Avshalomov 2011
Order This» TheC7Prize (Canada) 2014
Quick glimpse of the legend, tradition, and observance of the Jewish Festival of Lights. Exuberant syncopated setting building up to the bright celebration on the eighth night. (Also for high solo voice)
Lyrics» Notes»
view score Chanukah Tonight! (orch) SATB (opt. div.) strings (or mandolines) 2’45
Order This» Version with string orchestra (or mandoline orchestra) accompaniment
view score Go Ahead and Rejoice SATB divisi a cappella 3′ Doris Avshalomov 2002

view score I Bend the Knee of My Heart SSAATTBB a cappella 5′ Canticle 14/ Menasseh 2006
Order This» ACDA Silver Platter Award 2012 for Choral Repertoire of Outstanding Quality
“Polifonija”, Lithuania, International Sacred Choral Music Competition 2013, (2nd Prize)
PROJECT : ENCORE Recommended Choral Work of Exceptional Merit 2013

Broad artful expression of awe at Gods’ power and the unworthiness of a famous sinful Old Testament king. Starts slow, solemn, moves ahead to final fervent peroration on “I will praise you without ceasing all the days of my life.” Commissioned by Richard Beatty for the Anglican Chorale of Southern California, James Person, Director
view score Kedushah SATB T or S piano, fl 5′ Trad 1997
Order This» Formal, serious blessing, ecstatic end, operatic solo part. Commissioned by Cantor Mark Saltzman, Sha’arei Am Synagogue for the High Holy Days. Lyrics»
view score Love and Chocolate SATB divisi piano, opt. fl 3′ David/ Randi Avshalomov 2005
Order This» Valentine’s Day version of the Chocolate Carol, more romantic lyrics. [Also: simplified version for solo quartet SATB/piano.] Lyrics»
view score The Mixed Blessings SSAATTBB bar and/or low T handbells (or vibr, glock) 13′ Matthew/Luke 2010
Order This» Ritualized, dramatic dialectic illuminating the paradoxical contradictions of the two sets of Blessings (and Woes) attributed to the Christ. Formalized semi-medieval quasi-Anglican-style start and end, one angry climax, one romantic climax on the word God. Punctuations, ostinatos, flashes of divine light from handbells. Lyrics» Notes»
view score O Euchari Columba SSATTB brief S1 a cappella 6′ Hildegard von Bingen 2006
Order This» Ecstatic meditation on the virtues and works of a little-known saint. Quiet, slow mystical medieval start and end, fast buildup to quasi-Orthodox climax, gentle denouement like the start. Commissioned by Coro Oddyssea, Gonçalo Lourenço, conductor, Lisbon, Spain Lyrics» Notes»
view score There’s a Wind SSAATTBB brief S1 a cappella 4’30 David Avshalomov 2009
Order This» Folk-tonal, madrigalistic depiction of the rise, climax, and diedown of a wild bay windstorm at a dramatic turn in a famous American novella. Commissioned by Meredith Kennedy for Camerata Singers of Long Beach. Wind-whistling effect at start. Lyrics» Notes»
view score The U.S. Air Force Fugue TTBB a cappella 3′ USAF/ David Avshalomov 1972
Order This» Parody fugue based on “Off we Go, Into the Wild Blue Yonder.” Lyrics»

view score The Divine Image I SATB a cappella 2′ Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Reverent Prayer, moderate speed. Subject: Tolerance/diversity. Good for single voices also.
view score The Lamb SATB a cappella 2’20 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» The sweetest Prayer, gentle and sustaining. Subject: The Lamb and Christ. Good for single voices also.
view score On Another’s Sorrow SATB a cappella 1’30 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Sweet sentimental variation-Hymn, moderate speed. Subject: Compassion (ours and Christ’s). Good for single voices also.
view score The Shepherd SATB a cappella 1’30 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Sweet Prayer, rocking gently. Subject: Guarding the flock. Solo whistling intro and end.