Shirei Shira

Shirei Shira
Composer
Karen Siegel
Composer Nationality
American
Composer Date of Birth
1980
Text
Prayerbooks, psalm
Year Composed
2013
Pages
17
Minutes
4:30
Difficulty
5 (Challenging)
Language
Hebrew
Voicing
8 part mixed chorus
Divisi
No
Solos
none
Sacred or Secular
Sacred
Mood
Joyful; Rhythmic, with steady energy
Description

Shirei Shira, meaning “song of songs” or “song of poems,”is a collage of traditional, joyful Ashkenazi Jewish songs (in Hebrew). In Shirei Shira, I present these songs in alternation and layered on top of each other, usually either fragmented or in some type of rhythmic variation from their original form. At one point, the same tune is heard in a different meter in each voice part. The rhythmic and textural complexity changes throughout, becoming a structural component in and of itself. Shirei Shira was composed for and premiered by C4: the Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, conducted by Daniel Andor-Ardó, in 2013.

https://soundcloud.com/karensiegel/shirei-shira

Audio Credit
C4: the Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, conductor Daniel Andor-Ardó, audio engineer James Bilodeau
Group
C4
Performances
C4: 2013 Nov 21 & 23 (Heritage), cond. Andor-Ardó (World Premiere); Khorikos: June & Nov. 2015, cond. Jesse Peckham