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Tishe'a beav Ma'ariv

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Charles Davidson
Here is an innovative Ma'ariv for Tish'ah BeAv, in print for the first time.
For years, the American approach to the evening service for the 9th of Av, long promulgated by the Ramah Camps, has been to "speak the liturgy," even though the practise of European prayer-leaders was to "sing" this service in a low voice. We know from source books that this practice was long held in the Ashkenazi communities of Europe.

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...And David Danced

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Charles Davidson

The first modern Friday evening service. Blends blues and jazz styles and singable tunes with nusah ha-tefillah. Cantor, SATB and keyboard. Requires professional level attention. Available on CD from Naxos.

 " . . . a pioneer in the incorporation of something of the musical language of jazz and blues into a setting of the sabbath Eve service...for all its employment of jazz inflections and rhythm's, Davidson's music is thoroughly steeped in the musical traditions of the synagogue...This is an intriguing 'musical fusion' which soon persuades one that it is much more than merely a gimmick."  Glyn Pursglove, MusicWeb International

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A Modern Torah Service

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Charles Davidson

A Shabbat morning Torah Service for traditional Reform. An amalgam of blues, bossa nova and hassidic influences. Cantor, SATB and organ. Needs professional attention. Includes:  S'e sh'arim, Havu Godel, Bet Ya'akov, Sh'ma, Yours, O Lord is the Greatness, Anthem.

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A Weekday Ma'ariv Service (Veyismach Libeinu)

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Commissioned by the Cantor's Assembly of America.

Weekday Ma'ariv with instruments.

For Cantor (medium range voice), congregation, treble voice choir (optional), keyboard, with optional instruments (clarinet, electric guitar, percussion). Could be used as a prelude to special occasions in the synagogue (dedications, Independence day celebrations, synagogue functions). Available in several formats.

Wonderfully easy to perform; a lively, tuneful and authentic musical Ma'ariv for any occasion, combining klezmer and nusach ha-tefillah for a rollicking conclusion with a spirited Adon Olam.

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Arvit Lehol: A Complete Evening Worship Service for Weekdays

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Max Wohlberg

Simple and direct nusah ha-tefillah with a medium-voice solo from a master of the genre. Solo inclusions for Yom Ha'atzmaut, Hanukkah, Purim and installations. Can be performed with or without accompaniment or choral parts. For Cantor, SATB and optional keyboard.

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Praise for Immunim III

"I am providing your three books to my CICA students as their basic Nusa texts. There has not been anything like them."

azzan Alberto Mizrachi, Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago, IL


"Charles Davidson's extensive and scholarly work on Nusa, Sefer Hadrakhah, is perhaps the most important book on this subject since the publication of Baer's Ba'al Tefillah. We encourage every colleague to purchase this volume for his/her library."

azzan Stephen J. Stein, Executive Vice President, The Cantors Assembly of America

 

"In this book, Davidson has managed to bottle both the wisdom and the musicality of his teacher, Max Wohlberg z"l. plus his own vast experience of over four decades of teaching Nusa  to   generations of cantors. He has poured his knowledge and teaching soul into the pages of this book, and all of us who teach Nusa owe him enormous gratitude, for future students will hear him speaking-and singing-to them through these pages."

azzan Joel Caplan, Instructor Jewish Theological Seminary

 

" . . . a truly usable reference work for home-or classroom-use."

Dr. Joseph A. Levine, Author and Scholar

 

" . . . a sensational work . . . An important and wonderful gift."

azzan Stephen Stein, Executive Director, The Cantor's Assembly

 

"This comprehensive survey of the liturgical year will be an invaluable source for cantors of all movements."  

Dr. Bruce Ruben, Dean, Hebrew Union College, School of Sacred Music


"Sefer Hadrakhah is a fabulous resource for all students of traditional Ashkenazi synagogue chant. Cantor Dr. Davidson's work is beautifully annotated, a thorough and accessible presentation of Nusa Hatefillah; a must for every cantor and Jewish musician."

Dr. Brian Mayer, Acting Dean, Hebrew College, Boston