Earlier this year, Pete Eklund told me that he was planning to do a concert of different settings of Ps. 121 starting with the now Grammy nominated version by Jake Runestad. Pete asked for a setting in Hebrew that was pretty, accessible, and written for men’s chorus and piano.
I headed over to Guy Trainin’s house. Guy is a dear friend and was super helpful explaining the Hebrew to me. He even let me record him reading it. I have a little bit of Hebrew, so I took the text and made my own transliteration. Despite that, I still managed to get a vowel sound wrong at the beginning. It will be corrected for the next time.
Here is the premiere ably conducted by Matt Hill who will have a lovely future in the choral world.