During the holiday season, I have been asked by many choral directors to compose a new Hanukah piece. There is, by far, a wide ratio between Christmas choral music and Hanukah music. As a result, I composed a ‘Hanukah Fantasy’ for SATB/piano (with an eye to get it orchestrated as well) during the holiday season and would be happy to send the Finale files with a written request via personal email requesting to see it. My email address is sharpnat@aol.com.

‘Hanukah Fantasy’ includes ‘Maos Tzur’ (in Hebrew), ‘The Dreidel Song’ (in English and Yiddish), ‘Jerusalem of Gold’ (in Hebrew), and, ‘O Hanukah, O Hanukah’. (In the last piece, the piano part has a short excerpt of ‘Se-vi-von’ juxtaposed to ‘O Hanukah’). Since it is in Finale format, if you do not have the Finale program, you can download Finale Note Pad gratis to view and print the files. It was great fun to compose, especially in giving the familiar tunes a fresh harmonic palette and choral flair. When I was in high school, I remember the brilliant Robert Shaw arrangement of ‘Ezekiel Saw de Wheel’ with the vocal effect of the spinning wheel. I made a bold attempt to create a spinning dreidel effect in my piece too.

Happy and healthy New Year to everyone!

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