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Avinu Malkeinu (arr. Neil Grover)

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Avinu Malkeinu (Hebrew: מלכנו א'ינִו ; “Our Father, Our King”) is an ancient Jewish prayer whose origin can be traced back to the ninth century. It is recited throughout the Jewish High Holy Days, from Rosh Hashanah (start of the Jewish New Year) to Yom Kippur (Day of Repentance). Each line of the prayer begins with the words “Avinu Malkeinu,” “Our Father, Our King”* and is then followed by varying phrases, mostly supplicatory. This sacred prayer of atonement is one of the most important and revered of all Jewish psalms. It is of special importance in times when people feel small and powerless, uncertain about their future; when they feel that they have no voice which human ears can hear. Avinu Malchenu is a prayer that has survived the great Jewish Diaspora, even after expulsion from Spain in the 15th century, when Sephardic Jews were welcomed into the Ottoman Empire settling far and wide across the Balkan Peninsula, Middle East and North Africa.

This arrangement, written especially for marimbist Sylvie Zakarian, treats the marimba and voice as equal partners engaged in musical interplay. The virtuosic marimba part not only supports, but, often contrasts the lyrical reverence of the vocal line, reflective of the emotive expressiveness found deep within the human spirit.

Both the short introduction and ending contain melodic quotes from a film score written by Ernest Gold, a Jewish émigré to the US, who (like many others), fled persecution of the Jews in Europe. He went on to become one of a group of Jewish composers who found success as film composers in the major motion picture studios of Hollywood.

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Musical Features
Technical Features
Instrumentation4.3 marimba, voice
Level SuggestionIntermediate