Music for Song of Songs / Song of Solomon

  

 

Here are a few samples of my music for the "Song of Solomon" (also known as the "Song of Songs," Shir ha-Shirim, שיר השירים, and the Canticle of Canticles). These selections are from the 1995 translation by Ariel and Chana Bloch. I've been experimenting with different arrangements---trying to give it a more symphonic feeling. The songs have been divided into two sections: instrumental versions and vocal versions. Eventually these will be combined, and the vocals will be placed in instrumental settings. If you try to sing along, bear in mind that some of the lines are repeated.

Also, on this site, you can find my new lyrics for God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Merry Christmas 2013 !!

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The first song, "Morning Star," is the only one with both instrumental and vocal tracks. This song is meant to be quiet and mysterious, full of awe and wonder. Imagine the young man watching his lover as she awakens in the morning twilight. There are still stars overhead, and Venus, the "morning star," is visible on the horizon. 

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Morning Star (Voice and Instrument)

Who is that rising like the morning star,
clear as the moon,
bright as the blazing sun,
daunting as the stars in their courses !

MUSIC : SONG OF SOLOMON 6:10

Apricot Tree (Instrumental)

There, beneath the apricot tree,
your mother conceived you,
there you were born.
In that very place, I awakened you.

MUSIC : SONG OF SOLOMON 8:5

Kiss Me (Instrumental)

Kiss me, make me drunk with your kisses!
Your sweet loving
is better than wine.

MUSIC : SONG OF SOLOMON 1:2

Myrrh and Aloes (Instrumental)

You are fragrant,
you are myrrh and aloes.
All the young women want you.

Take me by the hand, let's run together !

MUSIC : SONG OF SOLOMON 1:3-4

Awake (Instrumental)

Awake, north wind! O south wind, come,
breathe upon my garden,
let its spices stream out.
Let my lover come into his garden
and taste its delicious fruit.

MUSIC : SONG OF SOLOMON 4:16

Early (Instrumental)

Let's go early to the vineyards
to see if the vine has budded,
if the blossoms have opened
and the pomegranate is in flower.

There I will give you my love.

MUSIC : SONG OF SOLOMON 7:13

In all the work that I've done on this translation, I've made only a few small changes to the text. For the sake of melody and dramatic impact, the first two phrases in Song 1 : 5 have been switched around. The original reads: I am dark, daughters of Jerusalem, and I am beautiful !

Dark Beauty (Instrumental)

Daughters of Jerusalem,
I am dark, and I am beautiful !
Dark as the tents of Kedar, lavish
as Solomon's tapestries.

MUSIC : SONG OF SOLOMON 1:5


The following passages are sung a cappella.

There is much room for improvement in these recordings. I'm a composer; not a singer. Plus, I feel a bit silly singing the woman's parts; and yet that is the only way to give a general idea how they should be sung.

You have a choice between Real Audio and MP3.

Kiss Me

Kiss me, make me drunk with your kisses!
Your sweet loving
is better than wine

--- MUSIC : "SONG OF SOLOMON" 1:2
Real Audio

Morning Star

Who is that rising like the morning star,
clear as the moon,
bright as the blazing sun,
daunting as the stars in their courses

--- MUSIC : "SONG OF SOLOMON" 6:10
Real Audio

Awake

Awake, north wind! O south wind, come,
breathe upon my garden,
let its spices stream out.
Let my lover come into his garden
and taste its delicious fruit

--- MUSIC : SONG OF SOLOMON 4:16
Real Audio |

I Have Come Into My Garden

I have come into my garden,
my sister, my bride,
I have gathered my myrrh and my spices,
I have eaten from the honeycomb,
I have drunk the milk and the wine.

MUSIC : SONG OF SOLOMON 5:1
Real Audio

Early

Let us go early to the vineyards
to see if the vine has budded,
if the blossoms have opened
and the pomegranate is in flower,

There I will give you my love.

The air is filled with the scent of mandrakes
and at our doors
rare fruit of every kind, my love,
I have stored away for you

--- MUSIC : SONG OF SOLOMON 7:13
Real Audio

Before Day Breathes

Before day breathes,
before the shadows of night are gone,
I will hurry to the mountain of myrrh,
the hill of frankincence

--- MUSIC : SONG OF SOLOMON 4:6
Real Audio

I Dreamed of You

My love, I dreamed of you
as a mare, my very own
among Pharaoh's chariots.

--- MUSIC : SONG OF SOLOMON 1:9
Real Audio

Walnut Grove

Then I went down to the walnut grove
to see the new green by the brook,
to see if the vine had budded,
if the pomegranate trees were in flower.

And oh! before I was aware,
she sat me in the most lavish of chariots.

--- MUSIC : SONG OF SOLOMON 6:11
Real Audio

Apricot Tree

There, beneath the apricot tree,
your mother conceived you,
there you were born.
In that very place, I awakened you.

--- MUSIC : SONG OF SOLOMON 8:5
Real Audio

Fountain

You are a fountain in the garden,
a well of living waters,
that stream from Lebanon.

--- MUSIC : SONG OF SOLOMON 4:15
Real Audio

Myrrh and Aloes

You are fragrant
You are myrrh and aloes
All the young women want you.

Take me by the hand, let us run together!

--- MUSIC : SONG OF SOLOMON 1:3
Real Audio


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"SONG OF SONGS" 1:2 | 28K | 56K | DSL / Cable
"SONG OF SONGS" 6:10 | 28K | 56K | DSL / Cable
"SONG OF SONGS" 4:16 | 28K | 56K | DSL / Cable
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"SONG OF SONGS" 7:13 | 28K | 56K | DSL / Cable
"SONG OF SONGS" 4:6 | 28K | 56K | DSL / Cable
"SONG OF SONGS" 1:9 | 28K | 56K | DSL / Cable
"SONG OF SONGS" 6:11 | 28K | 56K | DSL / Cable
"SONG OF SONGS" 8:5 | 28K | 56K | DSL / Cable
"SONG OF SONGS" 4:15 | 28K | 56K | DSL / Cable
"SONG OF SONGS" 1:3 | 28K | 56K | DSL / Cable

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Lyrics from the new translation
by Ariel and Chana Bloch. Used with permission.

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