Osvaldo Golijov
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K'vakarat (1994)
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K'vakarat is the last paragraph of the prayer that epitomizes the central theme of the High Holidays. The whole prayer is known as Un'tahne Tokef Kedushat Hayom ("We will observe the mighty holiness of this day"). Tradition ascribes this prayer to Rabbi Amnon of Mayence (XV century of our era) who uttered it in his last moments as he lay dying in martirdom.
CATEGORIESChamber [with voice]; Chamber [without voice]
INSTRUMENTATION–Version I: Cantor and String Quartet.
–Version II: Clarinet and String Quartet
DURATION8'00"
WORLD PREMIEREWexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; January 27, 1994
WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMERSKronos Quartet and Cantor Mikhail Alexandrovich
COMMISSIONCommissioned by the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
DEDICATIONIn Memory of Rabbi Marshall Meyer
RECORDINGRecorded by the Kronos Quartet and Cantor Mikhail Alexandrovich.
Appears on album "Night Prayers" [album details]
SCORE AVAILABILITYScore available for sale. Parts available for sale.  [more info]
TEXTSPrayer of Yom Kippur