I used the verses of Kaddish and El Moleh Rachamim as an inspiration to write some of the most intimate passages of my instrumental scores. However, this Kaddish is the first one intended to be actually sung. Textually, it is somewhere in between a Mourners’ Kaddish and a complete version. I was asked to write it by one of the greatest European Chazzans, Shmuel Barzilai. I find it poetic and just, that in moments of sorrow we pause to give thanks and remind ourselves how blessed we are just to have been created.
arr: chazzan & male choir
dur: cir. 5 min.