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סטיֽראמס טו קי ד פאז | Ẹsˈtịṛạmọs tụ kọˈvịz͡họ dẹ pạz | Estíramos tu Covijo de Paz Spread Over Us Your Shelter of Peace, —וּפְרוֹשׂ עַלֵֽינוּ סֻכַּת שְׁלוֹמֶֽךָ | Ụˈfṛọs ‘ạˈḷéynụ sụˈkạt s͡hḷọˈmèk͡hà | Ufros Aleinu Sukkat Shlomecha in Hebrew— is a recurrent phrase framing the ינוּ | Hạs͡hkịˈvẹnụ | Hashkivenu Lay us down prayer recited in the י | Mạ‘ạˈṛịv | Ma‘ariv evening prayer after the recitation of ע ל | S͡həˈmạ‘ Yịsṛàˈ’éḷ | Shema Yisrael Hear, Israel.
Hashkivenu is also known as the Jewish Night Prayer. Thus, the mood of this piece is that of a lullaby. But a lullaby for all of us and the whole world, not just for the baby. The full text of the prayer asks not just for peaceful sleep, but also for the strength to stand back up to life and for shelter from all the suffering that the Jewish people have endured through the ages. This context gives the song its contrasting emotions and depth.
This composition by David ben Or is dedicated to Cantors Julie Batz and Jennie Bemesderfer, whose beautiful singing voices inspired the piece.
The song, in a chromatically enriched melodic-minor scale, is a square round for 3 voices beginning with a gentle cradle-rocking tune, offset by a descending row of hauntingly sad chromatic "sobs" in the second section, and ending with reassuring "sighs" in the third. Together the voices form lush harmonies of continually changing color that build in tension until the end.
http://sefaradizo.org/muzica/estiramos_tu_covijo_de_paz/ Sephardic Association of Órgiva, Granada, Andalusia, Spain 2018.11.18 English edition
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