S’lichot or High Holidays
The Melody of Kol Nidre
For many Jews, the melody of Kol Nidre is their most recognizable and most stirring liturgical music. We will investigate its origin and compare it with the way non-Ashkenazic Jews sing the same prayer. We will see the ways in which its motifs reappear as crucial musical signals throughout the Days of Awe. Finally, we will listen to several magnificent orchestral works which were inspired by Kol Nidre.
The Cantillation of the Decalogue
The text of the Ten Commandments, as they appear in most contemporary Jewish Bibles, has been corrupted over the years. This lecture traces the fascinating history of the Biblical text and demonstrates how the discovery of the original chant points to the original wording of the Decalogue.