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Sefarađizo סאראיז

Sephardic Association of Órgiva


Pitkhu Li

Open Me

פִּתְחוּ־לִי | Pịt͡hˈħụ-ḷị | Open Me is a תְּפִלָּה | təfịˈḷàh | prayer from the הַלֵּל | Haˈḷéḷ | Praise, a set of Psalms, 113..118, which are sung on Jewish festivals. This song is sung on יוֹם כִּיפּוּר | Yom Kiˈpur | the Day of Atonement.

The lyrics of the prayer are from Psalm 118:19:

פִּתְחוּ־לִ֥י שַֽׁעֲרֵי־צֶ֑דֶק אָֽבֹא־בָ֝֗ם אוֹדֶ֥ה יָֽהּ׃
| Pịt͡hˈħụ-ḷị s͡hạ‘ạˈṛéĭ ˈt͡sèđèq! Àvọ’ vàm! ’Ọđèh Yàḥ! |
Open me the gates of justice! I will enter them! I will thank G!d!

There is also a version of the song with Ladino lyrics, which is called ארימ׿ | Ạˈvṛịđmẹ | Avridme Open Me.

The melody is in the Jewish scale.

In this stretto round for four voices, by David ben Or, the voices enter just one measure apart, evoking a queue of the righteous mounting the stairs of justice, one by one entering by the gates, in step, and descending the gentle steps beyond.

piece  (MIDI MP3)

melody  (MIDI MP3)
audio recordings

Pitkhu Li: Lyrics 1/1
Pitkhu Li : Lead sheet 1/1
lead sheet
Pitkhu Li: Partition 1/2Pitkhu Li: Partition 2/2
(PDF) Sephardic Association of Órgiva, Granada, Andalusia, Spain 2018.11.18 English edition

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