Five Hebrew Love Songs

I don’t need any excuse to share Eric Whitacre’s music, but when he sets Hebrew lyrics to music, it seems especially appropriate to mention here. Here is a version of his Five Hebrew Love Songs for solo vocalist with violin and piano:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjX7gmBys-E]

And here is the more familiar choral arrangement:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SquuW7V45A]

You can also find the composer and his wife Hila Plitmann, who is the lyricist, talking about these pieces online on Whitacre’s blog, and even the lyrics handwritten in Hebrew by their author. The video is embeded below, and may perhaps be useful to those learning/teaching Hebrew, as Hila Plitmann walks you through the pronunciation of the Hebrew:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps2DUmHcCzw]

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10404666980227401390 Mike Beidler

    Interesting what the eye sees when you couple a YouTube video with the title "Five Hebrew Love Songs" and a freeze-frame preview of the video depicting the female performer in a cocktail dress: what appears to be her (quite large) naked left breast viewed through the transparent head of the tambourine!