Music for High Holy Days: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur | St. Lawrence University Chaplain's Office

Music for High Holy Days: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

This event is part of our ongoing Organ Concert Series.

Featuring the music of Herman Berlinski, noted organist, composer, and pianist, to reflect on the music for the New Year (Rosh Hashana) and the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur).

Herman Berlinski (1910 – 2001)

Two Preludes for the High Holy Days
   I.    For the New Year (Rosh Hashana)
   II.  For the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)

Kol Nidre

Der brennende Dornbusch (The Burning Bush)
   Exodus 3:1-4, 14

The ‘Burning Bush’ is one of Herman Berlinski’s best known works. Based on Exodus 3:1-4, 14, the programmatic influence of the text is explosive.
‘Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses.’ (Quoted from the Scofield Translation, 1917.)

From the whirling of the fire to the voice of God speaking, each note assists in painting of ‘The Burning Bush.’ 

For the New Year (Rosh Hashana)

For the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)

Kol Nidre

Der brennende Dornbusch (The Burning Bush) Exodus 31:1- 4, 14