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Sephardic Association of Órgiva

עוֹשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם

‘Oseh Shalom

Who Makes Peace

עוֹשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם | ‘Ọˈsèh S͡hàˈḷọm | Who Makes Peace is a בְּרָכָה | bəṛàˈk͡hàh | blessing often sung at the end of Shabbat services. The first line of the blessing is from Job 25:2:

עֹשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם בִּמְרוֹמָיו
| ‘Ọˈsèh s͡hàˈḷọm bịmṛọˈmàv |
Who makes peace in [G!d's] heights

The blessing as a whole, although it is in Hebrew, is also recited (without singing) at the end of the Aramaic קַדִּישׁ | Qạˈdịs͡h | Holy prayer, — including at the end of the קַדִּישׁ שָׁלֵם | Qạˈdịs͡h S͡hàˈḷém | Full ‘Qaddish’ and the קַדִּישׁ יָתוֹם | Qạˈdịs͡h Yàˈtọm | Orphan's ‘Qaddish’, though not in the חַצִי קַדִּישׁ | Ħạˈt͡sị Qạˈdịs͡h | Half-‘Qaddish’. It is also recited in the בִּרְכַּת שָׁלוֹם | Bịṛˈkạt S͡hàˈḷọm | Blessing of Peace in the עֲמִידָה | ‘Ạmịˈđàh | Standing [Prayer].

This melody was composed by Nurit Hirsh (1920…), the famous Israeli composer, arranger, and conductor. The melody is in the key of C natural minor, and switches to the dominant D natural minor in the C section.

In the fugal first (A) section of this SATB arrangement by David ben Or, the four voices enter two beats apart on different notes of the alto melody's opening arpeggio. The melody then jumps to the soprano, and the voices pair up in parallel thirds and sixths, the middle pair answering the outer pair in contrary motion in the second (B) section, and the lower pair answering the upper pair in parallel motion in the third (C) section. Although the melody switches to the dominant minor key in the C section, the other voices vacillate between the tonic minor and dominant major, imbuing the mood with chromatic tension until the song returns to the concluding repetition of the B section.

piece  (MIDI MP3)
melody (MIDI MP3)

soprano  (MIDI MP3)
alto  (MIDI MP3)
tenor  (MIDI MP3)
bass  (MIDI MP3)
audio recordings

‘Oseh Shalom : Lead sheet 1/2‘Oseh Shalom : Lead sheet 2/2
lead sheet
‘Oseh Shalom: Partition 1/4‘Oseh Shalom: Partition 2/4 ‘Oseh Shalom: Partition 3/4‘Oseh Shalom: Partition 4/4
(PDF) Sephardic Association of Órgiva, Granada, Andalusia, Spain 2019.05.08 English edition

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